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“I feel like it is down to me to guide everyone through”: Alfie May on wearing the captain’s armband


Cheltenham Town striker Alfie Mat believes that “when I am the eldest player on the pitch it is down to me to guide everyone through and get the team together.


At some points today I was thinking I didn’t want to chase back, but I had to.” May scored Cheltenham’s third penalty as his side went on to win 5-4 in the penalty shootout after a tight 90 minutes, finishing 0-0.


May has failed to make the starting eleven in the last two league matches, but his confidence is still clear to see, “I was actually going to dink the penalty, I was in a funny mood.


I was saying to their players I was going to dink it; they were saying I bet you don’t.” May eventually riffled his penalty into the top left-hand corner to top of a man of the match performance.


“When they missed (their third penalty), I thought it was important, as the eldest player at the final whistle, to step up and put the ball in the back of the net.”


May has played 84 games for the Robins, in which he has scored 24 goals, his most notable one his 59th minute tap in against Manchester City, before Pep Guardiola’s side scored three in the final 10 minutes to crush Whaddon Road dreams in the FA Cup last season.


“I played in the 10 role tonight…as an attacking player you want to score week in week out, it’s frustrating when you don’t score… you feel like you let the team down. It’s football you shrug it off, go in Thursday and try to do it again”.


That is clearly a mentality that runs deep through Michael Duff’s side, even with the recent games where May has failed to start, the ex- Doncaster man is still willing to fight for his places alongside fellow strikers Kyle Joseph and Kyle Vassell.


“The game’s the game, you have to take every game, it is up to you to perform in them”.

May is clearly ready to step up and show his manager that he is ready and worthy to be a missive helping hand to his side, as they enter the winter period of the season where games come almost every three days.


Cheltenham Town host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, before an away trip to Portsmouth on Tuesday 2, November.


However May will certainly have one eye on the FA Cup first round trip to Gillingham on Saturday 6, November, looking to repeat the heroics of last season’s run all the way to the fourth round.

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