Having recently returned to the club, we spoke with midfielder Jay Dowie about his return and what he brings to the team.
Since you’ve returned to the club a number of things have changed, however is the “Concord spirit” still there?
Yes, a few of the players have moved on and Danny and Nicky have also gone to Braintree, but there is still a lot of the group from last season with the addition of some really talented players. When I first signed the side weren’t performing great and we addressed this after the Hayes & Yeading game when Adam and Glen sat down with the players. Since then we’ve been showing the right attitude and togetherness as a unit and I think you can see that in our last three performances.
What do you think your best attributes to your game are, and what can you add to the side?
I wish I could say my pace or trickery or something exciting like that but I wasn’t blessed with those attributes. I think my main attribute is my football intelligence, I want to be a player who is always doing what the game is requiring me to do and helping my team win. I also think I’m enthusiastic which helps as it is extremely rare that I would not have the required desire and appetite for a game because I genuinely do love playing football. I enjoy the competitive and physical battles in football which is needed at this level of football.
Like you say, not everyone can have the skills etc, but do you think someone who does the unsung work in centre midfield is necessary, and who do you like to model your game on?
Yes definitely, I was once told as a young boy that great teams are a blend of soldiers and artists, you need both sorts of players if you want to be successful. As for the unsung work in midfield I think that’s something you accept and get on with as all players know that strikers and players with more flair will get a lot of accolades which they rightly deserve if they’re producing, for me winning games and feeling content with my own performance is enough to keep me happy. I like to watch Philip Lahm when he plays centre midfield as an example of a small player who is intelligent in both his passing and defensive positioning and try to emulate him and also I liked to watch Roy Keane in his prime at Manchester United, all action, pressing, tackling, passing, dragging the best out of his team-mates and winning everything. The complete central midfielder.
Getting back to the team, we find ourselves in the lower half of the table, however performances have been encouraging the last few weeks. Do you think it’s only a matter of time before the team climbs the table?
That all depends on how hard we work in training session and every game this season, when this side apply ourselves correctly we look a real good team that will be more than a match for most teams in the division. We certainly can climb the table but it’s up to us to make it happen.
Jay was chatting to Chris Clark.