Interview with Chris Deans

Sat May 26th 2012

Chris Deans spills the beans with Town fan, Kieran Burke.

Q: It's Cherry Orchard in the FAI Cup this Sunday, Chris, first off...What do you know of Cherry Orchard and has Tony done anything different in the build up to this game considering the majority of the team know very little about the opponent?

A: We know that they will be a very good hard working side. They have had a good season and we will not take them lightly. Training as usual has been excellent all week all the lads are working hard.

Q: With the team doing so well in the First Division at the moment is the cup break perhaps an unwelcome break? Or is the old cliché of winning inspires confidence and in turns more wins the case here?

A: The FAI cup is massive and a good cup run can do so much for our season. We want to take each game as it comes and continue the momentum. Winning games is a fantastic habit.

Q: Many people have said that it will be nearly impossible for Longford Town to concentrate on promotion while also having a good cup run. However, people said the same about Shelbourne last season so is it a case of why not or would you share the pundits views?

A: At this stage in the season we want to win every game we play and are only concentrating on the next game. It's important we don't look too far ahead.

Q: Before the beginning of last season you represented Longford Town FC at the Airtricity League launch at the wonderful Aviva Stadium. How much would it mean to you to lead a team out for a cup final in one of the worlds most beautiful arenas?

A: Fantastic! It's what you dream of as a kid. But it's vital we don't look past Cherry Orchard they are a good side.

Q: Not only are the Town currently on a five match winning streak but the back four has stringed together three clean sheets in a row which is a fantastic achievement. Do you feel that defensive form is what's kept you out of the starting 11 in the last few games after your return from injury and how hard will it be for you to retain your place in the first team?

A: The lads have been fantastic at the back. Our squad is so strong that if you miss a game you have to wait for you chance to get back in. I'll work hard everyday in training and will be ready when I'm put back in.

Q: Last Friday's game against SD Galway wasn't the best spectacle I'm sure you will agree, but in some ways was it the perfect preparation for Sunday as Longford went in as overwhelming favourites but in the end had to use their grit and determination instead of their quality to get through with a victory?

A: Last week was a really good win. We showed our other qualities with working hard and winning the battles all over the park. There is no easy games and you have to work hard to get a win.

Q: Craig Hyland once again stared for Longford in the victory on Friday night. How much confidence does it give not only the back four but the rest of the team when you know you have quality between the posts like that?

A: Hylo has been top notch, a real plus. What a fantastic goal keeper. So far this season he has made some world class saves.

Q: Finally for now Chris, tell us what is your favorite thing about playing for Longford Town FC.

A: Leading the team out at the Flansiro.

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