08:00AM, Saturday 19 October 2019
Striker Dan Roberts' form for Slough Town this season is sure to have turned a few heads, but the player himself deflected praise onto his teammates after Saturday's 3-1 win over Billericay Town moved the club third in the table.
Roberts - who spent most of last season playing for Windsor FC at step five of the non league pyramid - has been one of the Rebels' stand out players this season, and his goal on Saturday - his fourth in four matches - capped off a thoroughly impressive display.
He also praised his management team for instilling a hard-working mentality in the players.
"We're a hard-working group. It's drilled into us before every training session and every match," he said.
"It's the one thing that Bakes and Unders (Baker and Underwood) insist on. If we're playing well we work hard, if we're not playing well we work hard, if we're winning we work hard and if we're losing we work hard.
"We were all devastated to go out of the FA Cup because I felt that we controlled the match for long periods. We wanted to pick up three points today, but more importantly keep our play-off place. Billericay were right on our tails, just one point behind us, so if we'd lost we'd come out of them."
Roberts didn't play in the side's three league defeats at the start of the season because of suspension but said they're a distant memory for the players now.
"We don't even think about that now," he said. "It's miles behind us, we don't even remember them.
"We've found a way of playing and, obviously, I couldn't be playing the way I am without the help of others.
"They've been feeding me chances and, without them, I wouldn't be able to play. It's nice to step up and show people that I can play and score goals at this level and hopefully it will continue.
"Lenchy (Matt Lench) made the second goal (against Billericay) a little bit easier with his run so all I had to do was roll it across to him.
"The third goal was the one which relaxed the game a little bit. 2-0 is very different to 3-0. It was a good goal to get for myself and it relaxed everyone a little bit."
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