Holy looking to bounce back against Rotherham
Town ‘keeper Tomas Holy is looking forward to the chance to bounce back quickly after Sunday’s defeat at Accrington Stanley with a game at home to Rotherham tomorrow night.
Town lost for the first time this season at Accrington Stanley on Sunday, a game which was beamed across the nation on SkySports and after the international break, a combination which continues to haunt Town fans.
“I think we lost the game in the first 30 minutes,” reflected Holy. “If I’m honest, I’m not sure we deserved anything from that game because we didn’t play how we normally play. We have to get back to basics.
“I don’t think it was because of the international break or the game being on TV. Everybody has a bad day at the office sometimes. And I have to say Accrington played well too.
“It’s happened, it’s gone and we can’t change that now. A great performance and good result against Rotherham would be the best answer for Sunday’s game.
“Every game is important for us, but especially after a defeat. Let’s not give anyone any reason to have doubts about us. We want to win both these next two games (Town travel to struggling Southend on Saturday) and then people can say ‘yeah, those days can happen’ and look forward.
“When you lose it’s great to have another game so quickly because you have an opportunity to put things right and sleep nicely again.
“If we had been going into an international break then there would have been too much time to think. This is the best way to forget a bad performance.”
Holy wasn’t happy with his personal performance in Sunday’s defeat at Accrington adding: “I don’t want to talk for other guys, but I am not happy with my performance on Sunday. I have to be better if I am picked.
“Always there are things to work on. We can’t just be glad with the levels where we are now. We have to want to learn and want to get better and better.
“Set-backs can lead to improvements. Now we don’t have to be worried about losing the unbeaten start. When we conceded a goal during that (record-chasing) clean sheet series, to be fair the pressure came out of me and I felt more free. Hopefully Sunday is going to have the same effect on us as a team. I think we are going to be alright.”
One player who has come in for a lot of criticism is defender Toto Nsiala who was making his first start of the season. Holy has backed Nsiala to bounce back after being withdrawn at half time after a nightmare first half.
“Before the game he told me that when he came back from injury last season it was against Accrington and he lost that game, so I feel a bit sorry for him!” said Holy.
“It was his first game after a long time out. He just needs to get back into the games again.
“It wasn’t easy for him, but I wouldn’t blame him at all. He’s done very well, is a great footballer and has a great mentality. He will be very important for us again.”
When asked if there has been any team meeting since the defeat, Holy replied: “No, there was no meeting between the players. I think the gaffer summed it up pretty well and I agree with his words after the game.
“That sort of thing happens in football all the time. In my opinion the season is too long for a team to stay unbeaten from the start to the finish.
“It would be brilliant to do that but it’s very tough to achieve, no matter your level. We are at the top of the league and that means every team wants to beat us.
“We are maybe the biggest club in League One and teams will raise their game against us, which makes our task that bit more difficult.
“The other teams, like Accrington for example, probably go into games against us thinking they have nothing to lose.
“We lost, the unbeaten record has gone and we can’t bring it back. It was our first loss in 12 league games and that is still a great record in that time, a great start to the season. If we get a win tomorrow there is nothing to talk about.”