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SAM LAVELLE | The Belief Is Massive

30 March 2021

The Shrimps skipper says the team’s desire to win is clearer than ever since signing for the club in 2017.

Sam Lavelle was named in the Sky Bet League Two team of the week after Saturday’s win over table-toppers Cheltenham Town at the Mazuma Stadium.

The 24-year-old believes the victory is up there with one of the best defensive performances of the campaign so far.

“It tells you how much we want to win and how much we know every single goal and moment matters,” he said.

“Putting these blocks in and taking our chances going forward is massive at the moment and defensively it’s quite pleasing to keep a clean sheet.

“It’s not just the defenders, it’s all the forward players coming back for corners defending and putting bodies on the line.”

Manager Derek Adams has been forced into a number of defensive changes over the last couple of weeks, but Lavelle has confidence in the strength in depth across the back line.

“It just shows how strong our squad is at the moment, the lads coming in when called upon have done a great job,” he said.

“I think we’ve all got different strengths, but the bottom line is we all want to win at the moment, we’ll do whatever it takes to win.”

The Blackburn Rovers academy graduate joined the club four years ago and says although the togetherness within the squad has always been positive, the desire to win this season is there for all to see.

“Since I’ve been here, the changing room has always been a really good environment to be in,” Lavelle added.

“Togetherness has never been a problem since I’ve been at the club but this year, I think the belief is the biggest thing.

“Every single player believes we can get in the top three, if not even more so the belief is massive.”

Saturday’s game saw Lavelle, who represented Scotland at under-18 and under-19 level, make his 36th league appearance of the season, five more than the whole of last season.

Speaking about his number of appearances so far this season, Lavelle said: “This year my target was to play every league game if possible and just keep myself fit and do things right off the pitch.

“To keep fit is massive in football and as captain, you want to be available for selection every game and set an example in that way.

“I’ve got a target to play every game as I can really and the rest of the season, nine games left, I want to play every minute.”

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