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5 September 2013

Lynch on the season so far, the international break and Doncaster

Ever-present Joel Lynch is fairly happy with Town’s start to the season going into the international break – and is already counting down the days to the next game against Doncaster Rovers.

Joel has played every second of Town’s opening seven games of the season and is fairly happy with the first month of the 2013/14 campaign.

“I think we’ve done well; it’s been a fairly good start to the season,” Joel told

“We could have got something at Nottingham Forest on the opening day and we could have beaten QPR. Despite that, we’re still the only team to have taken points off them. 

“We’ve played a new formation this season and, in recent weeks, some teams have played the same formation against us. That’s a good sign; because we are doing well, teams have to work out how to play against us. That’s a compliment really.

“It does present us with a new challenge, but I think we have the players in the team to cope with it. The likes of Adam Clayton, Ollie Norwood and Jonathan Hogg like to get on the ball and they can adjust to it. 

“We’ve also shown that we can effectively switch formation whenever we need to during the games.” 

Despite the positive start, Joel admitted that the performance in Town’s last outing at Barnsley was below par:

“The Barnsley game was a bit of a blip. We didn’t start the game very well and we conceded two sloppy goals, one of which was my fault really. We caused our own problems on Saturday, but now we have to refocus.

“Unfortunately we will lose games during the season, but one blip in seven games isn’t a bad start.” 

After seven games in the space of 29 days, the Wales centre back believes this weekend’s international break has come at just the right time.

“The starting eleven has played the large majority of the games and you do get tired and begin to pick up little niggles, so the break is well-timed. It’s also good to spend a little more time with your family.”

He also explained that the focus has already turned to Town’s next game – a home clash with Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers on 14 September.

“Everyone is still buzzing about this season though; there’s a real energy around the training ground. Everyone is pretty confident at the minute and we can’t wait for the next game – especially if they’re at home. We’re really enjoying our football and the level of training has been a very good quality. 

“We’ve been really strong at home so far this season; we’ve looked like we’re going to win every game. We started last season pretty well, but this feel different – a lot better. We want to make our home a fortress and get on top of teams.”

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