Keiren Westwood - Radio Cumbria Interview

Last updated : 01 January 2008 By Thetashkentterror

Keiren Westwood
United goalkeeper Keiren Westwood spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria's Derek Lacey on Monday morning ahead of the New Years Day game at home to Hartlepool, Westwood discussing Carlisle's poor performances in their last two away matches :

" The lads were really disappointed at the end of the Bristol Rovers game, the dressing-room was really quiet and we were all very upset. We were third and maybe the Swansea game being postponed has set us back a little bit, then since then we've lost two. It would have been nice to play Swansea here in a home game, we were flying as well so we probably could have nicked it.

" Then we got into Boxing Day away from home and Tranmere, to be fair they beat us up in the first-half and it was disappointing to come in at 2-0 down. In the second-half we took it to them but like the gaffer (John Ward) said, it was a bit too late and it was just one of those things. Then Bristol Rovers was just, everything about it was horrible, just the whole day, the whole performance and everything really. We just let a lot of people down and we let ourselves down.

" The supporters aren't going to clap rubbish but this is the time when we need the fans to stick with us. We are fifth in the league and these are the times that we all need to dig in together and come out united really. You've got to be positive, there are a lot of things go on in your life and disappointments in football. You've just got to put them to one side really and get on with your game, as long as we do that then I think we'll be alright. If we finish the season like we started it then we could end up finishing in the play-offs, you never know.

" I don't want to put too much pressure on the Hartlepool game really because it's a derby game and anything can happen in a derby game. They did well against Leeds last week, they are a good side and we drew with them down there. It's a massive game for both of us really because it is a derby, not because we've lost two or they drew with Leeds and maybe should have beaten Leeds. We are just going to keep going, we've got to try to get a win because we're at home.

" To be fair you can't really explain the death of Phil O'Donnell can you. I've not really read much about it because I didn't want to really, it's just one of those. All that I know is that he was getting substituted off and he has collapsed. It's a very, very sad day for football, he's not the only one either so something really needs to be looked at. I really don't understand, everyone moves with the times, the game gets faster and players get faster. I can't explain it, it's just a really, really sad thing. "