亞倫-科林斯布里斯托爾流浪者前鋒談球隊的信心和紐帶

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亞倫-科林斯布里斯托爾流浪者前鋒談球隊的信心和紐帶

布里斯托爾流浪者隊的前鋒阿倫-柯林斯說,在他們戲劇性地升入甲級聯賽後,球隊在新賽季前 "充滿了信心"。

去年6月加入俱樂部的柯林斯,以18個進球成為他們的最佳射手。

"我們已經充滿了信心。團隊紐帶就在那裡,"柯林斯告訴BBC布里斯托爾電台。

"上個賽季,我們有很多新球員,這是很不同的。我們知道在上個賽季開始的時候,我們並不在我們的最佳狀態。這需要一段時間來結合,一旦我們結合起來,我們就會向大家展示我們有多好。

"我們有很多類似的球員,顯然有幾個人被放走了,但有很多去年的小伙子還在那裡,還有新招募的人,這只會加強我們。

"我們非常期待。我們不知道會有什麼期待,但我認為我們都準備好了下一章,儘可能地做好。"

科林斯在對斯肯索普的顯著勝利中打進兩球,這使得布里斯托爾流浪者超越北安普頓鎮進入自動升級名額。這是布里斯托爾流浪者整個賽季第一次進入聯賽前三名。

柯林斯說:"在過去的兩個月里,我在推特上觀看了回放的視頻和所有的東西,但我仍然無法理解它,"。

"從那天的三點鐘到第二天我們完成的任何時間,就像一個模糊的過程。之後的慶祝活動--都是模糊的。比賽--都是模糊的。

"但當我回過頭來看的時候,它只是讓我起雞皮疙瘩,因為我不認為任何人會做到這一點,創造歷史,在最後一天以7-0的比分獲勝,獲得自動升級,而我們整個賽季都沒有進入前三名,這真是太瘋狂了。"

喬伊-巴頓的球隊在第二聯賽的最後一天開始,需要更好的結果他們的對手或推翻五球的差距來確保升級。

在半場時,當布里斯托爾流浪者2-0領先斯肯索普的時候,北安普頓正以3-1擊敗巴羅。

但接下來在紀念球場的45分鐘裡,科林斯和安東尼-埃文斯都進了兩球,在埃利奧特-安德森在剩下的5分鐘裡打進第七球,使球隊超過了眼鏡蛇隊。

然而,25歲的科林斯說,他們的信念來自於與斯肯索普比賽的前一周,當時他在對陣羅奇代爾的比賽中,在第95分鐘取得了勝利--那天,流浪者在3-1落後的情況下以4-3獲勝,是帽子戲法的一部分--使他們自動升級的希望得以延續。

"從那裡開始,然後是周一的比賽,曼斯菲爾德和維爾港都丟了分,他們都在天空電視台播出。我知道所有的男孩都在家裡看,一切似乎都是有原因的,"柯林斯說。

"我們在比賽中知道我們必須做不可能的事情。

"我們知道進入比賽後,這將是對我們的一個巨大考驗,但一切都有原因,周六的勝利和結果都是按照我們的方式進行的。

安德森的進球引起了主場球迷的入侵,導致比賽延遲了20分鐘。在這期間,北安普頓的比賽結束了,這意味着流浪者回到了球場,他們知道他們只需要不失球就能晉級。

"柯林斯補充說:"當我們在更衣室的時候,我已經處於某種程度的不相信之中。

"我在淋浴間裡來回踱步,男孩們試圖和我說話,我就像'我不能說話'。我只是無法相信發生了什麼。"

終場哨響後,球迷們回到了球場,晚些時候,柯林斯被拍到坐在球場外的燈柱上,身上披着球隊的旗幟,球迷們擠在他下面。

"我們都在會見彼此的家人,一起慶祝,我們在上面喝了點酒。然後我不想換衣服,我最不想做的事情就是把我的裝備脫下來,把我脖子上的旗子取下來,"柯林斯說。

"我只是喜歡回頭看,看到他們。我知道我也很享受,我希望和所有的球迷一樣,因為這並不經常發生,你必須充分利用它。"

柯林斯出生在紐波特,就在塞文橋那邊,去年夏天他回到了布里斯托爾流浪者隊,開始了第二段旅程,他從9歲開始就在俱樂部的學院裡學習,直到16歲。

他在十幾歲的時候被放走,然後在他的家鄉紐波特俱樂部完成了他的職業首秀。

然而,他上賽季的18個進球是他職業生涯中迄今為止最多產的一次,儘管之前從未參加過英甲聯賽,但這位前鋒正在為新的運動設定更高的標準。

"我將把我的目標定得很高。我在上賽季的目標是10個進球,10次助攻。我錯過了助攻--我想我得到了四或五個--但得到了18個進球,"他說。

他說:"作為上賽季的九號球員,我認為無論如何進球要比獲得助攻更重要,如果我打算扮演九號球員。

"我並沒有完全期望整個賽季都扮演九號,但我做到了,我必須承擔起這個角色並進球,我想我在這方面做得不錯。"


Bristol Rovers striker Aaron Collins says the team are "full of confidence" ahead of the new season, following their dramatic promotion to League One.

Collins, who joined the club last June, was their top scorer with 18 goals.

"We've come in full of confidence. The team bond is there," Collins told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Last season it was a lot different where we had a lot of new players. We know at the start of last season we weren't at our best. That took a while to bond and once we'd bonded we showed everyone how good we were.

"There's a lot of similar players, there's obviously been a couple let go, but there's a lot of the lads from last year still there, as well as new recruits which are only going to strengthen us.

"We're looking forward to it a lot. We don't know what to expect but I think we're all ready for the next chapter to do as well as we can."

Collins scored twice in the remarkable victory over Scunthorpe, which saw Bristol Rovers leapfrog Northampton Town into the automatic promotion places. It was the first time Bristol Rovers had been in the top three of the league all season.

"I've watched videos back and everything on Twitter over the last two months, but I still can't get my head around it," Collins said.

"It was like a blur going from three o'clock that day to whatever time we finished the next day. The celebrations after - all a blur. The game - all a blur.

"But when I watch it back it just gives me goose bumps because I don't think anyone will ever do that, to make history and win 7-0 on the final day to get an automatic promotion when we hadn't been in the top three all season is just crazy."

Joey Barton's side started the final day of the League Two campaign needing to better the result of their rivals or overturn a five-goal deficit to secure promotion.

At half-time, while Bristol Rovers were 2-0 ahead against Scunthorpe, Northampton were beating Barrow 3-1.

But what followed at the Memorial Ground was a 45-minute period that saw Collins and Anthony Evans both score twice, before Elliot Anderson scored a seventh with five minutes remaining to take the team above the Cobblers.

However, 25-year-old Collins said their belief came the week before the Scunthorpe match when he scored a 95th-minute winner against Rochdale - part of a hat-trick that day as Rovers came from 3-1 down to win 4-3 - to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive.

"It started there and then the games on the Monday where Mansfield and Port Vale both dropped points, they were on Sky. I know all the boys were at home watching it and everything just seemed to be happening for a reason," Collins said.

"We were going into the game knowing we had to do the impossible.

"We knew going into the game it was going to be a massive test for us, but everything happened for a reason with the win on the Saturday and the results going our way."

Anderson's goal prompted a pitch invasion from the home fans which led to a 20-minute delay in the match. During that time, Northampton's match concluded meaning Rovers returned to the pitch knowing they simply needed to not concede to go up.

"I was already in some sort of disbelief when we were in the changing rooms," Collins added.

"I was pacing up and down the showers, the boys were trying to speak to me and I was like 'I can't speak'. I just couldn't believe what was going on."

Fans returned to the pitch after the final whistle and later in the night, Collins was photographed sitting on a lamppost outside the stadium, draped in a team flag as fans crowded below him.

"We were all meeting each others' families and celebrating together, we had a little drink up there. And then I didn't want to get changed, the last thing I wanted to do was take my kit off and take the flag from around my neck," Collins said.

"I just love looking back and seeing them. I know I enjoyed myself as well, I hope, as all of the fans did, because it doesn't happen often and you've got to make the most of it."

Born in Newport, just over the Severn Bridge, Collins returned to Bristol Rovers last summer for a second spell having been part of the club's academy from the age of nine until he was 16.

He was let go as a teenager and went on to make his professional debut with his hometown club Newport.

Yet his 18-goal tally last season was the most prolific of his career so far and despite never playing at League One level before, the forward is setting his bar higher for the new campaign.

"I'll be setting my targets high. I went into last season with 10 goals, 10 assists [as a target]. I missed out on the assists - I think I got four or five - but got the 18 goals," he said.

"Being that number nine last season, I think the goals are much more important than getting the assists anyway, if I was going to play that number nine.

"I didn't fully expect to play that number nine all season but I did and I had to take up that role and score the goals, and I like to think I did a good job of that."

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