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Yiadom: "We go into every game thinking we can win."

6 March 2017

Andy Yiadom spoke to the press today ahead of tomorrow's trip to face QPR.

Firstly the Reds defender reacted to the weekend defeat to Derby. He felt that although his side lost on the day, it showed how far they had all comes as a team to be walking off the field feeling aggrieved not to have won against a team who have spent so much in this division.

“It was really frustrating as we went there and managed to score first, only for them to score two was really disappointing. We’ve got a game Tuesday so we can get it right then. It definitely shows how far we’ve come but we want to beat every team and I think we have got the capability to do that, that showed as we came away disappointed.”

Having returned from the African Cup of Nations and slotted straight back into the side and performed admirably, Yiadom reflected on his time away with Ghana and wants to ensure that he continues to be involved in future squads.

“It was great to go away and do something different. It was a big tournament and it was really good for me to experience something totally different to anything I had done before. Some of the pitches weren’t great but overall it was a great experience. Everything was new, there was a lot of travelling which was tiring but you take all of these things in and looking back I enjoyed it and the experience. 

“I managed to play twice, against Egypt and Burkina Faso which was nice. When you go away you get a feel for it and if you play you want to do it again so hopefully I get called up to the next game. To see all the different players who play at high levels and take stuff of them is only going to be good for my career.”

The defeat at the weekend was the first time that the Reds have succumbed to a loss on the road since early January. Paul Heckingbottom’s side have had a fantastic away record this season and Yiadom gave an explanation as to why that might be. 

“You go away to big grounds and you have a spring in your step, you’re thinking you can beat these big teams so it plays a massive factor. I am one of the players who hasn’t played at Derby and other places like that so when you step onto the pitch and you’re looking around, you are up for it.

“I think we will go into every game thinking we can win, not too long-term at the minute. Everyone is saying we are definitely going to stay up but we need to keep going and in the next game we want to win. We don’t want to just see the season off because we’re safe, we want to beat these big teams like QPR etc… Everyone who has come in has done a good job and played well and you can see that from where we are in the league so as a team and a squad we have done well.”

Having joined the Club from Barnet in the summer, the former North London based player will be looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at the game on Tuesday night and is hoping to put in another stellar performance on the road.

“It’s down onto my own area, I’m from London so it’s alright for me! All the boys are excited to go to QPR so we want to go there and put on a good performance. A lot of my family will be coming so I definitely want to make sure we put a performance in and get the win.”

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