Gary Holt starring for Lowestoft
Midfielder Gary Holt admits he's got a youthful spring in his step once more after playing his part in Lowestoft Town's wonderful FA Cup run. After joining the club earlier this month, Holt has played in the last two rounds of the competition for the Blues, including the full 90 minutes against Gloucester City on Saturday and again on Tuesday night in the 4-2 replay success.
Midfielder Gary Holt admits he's got a youthful spring in his step once more after playing his part in Lowestoft Town's wonderful FA Cup run.
After joining the club earlier this month, Holt has played in the last two rounds of the competition for the Blues, including the full 90 minutes against Gloucester City on Saturday and again on Tuesday night in the 4-2 replay success.
Next up for the Trawler Boys is a trip to Wrexham in the first round proper a week on Saturday and the former Norwich City star and ex-Scotland international says he is loving every minute at the Ryman League Division One North outfit.
And after playing his part in the replay victory in front of more than 2,200 fans at Crown Meadow, Holt revealed his delight at playing regular football for the first time since leaving Wycombe Wanderers in May.
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“I enjoyed it,” the 36-year-old said.
“It was probably not one of my better games, but I got stuck in. I never gave up and it's only my second 90 minutes in six months so that's the pleasing thing. To play Saturday, Tuesday, two 90 minutes and in cup ties as well, it's not a league game when you're cruising 3-0 or 4-0, it's backs to the wall against a team two league above you and you got to be at it so it's pleasing. I just want to play football - that's it in a nutshell.
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“Every player wants to play football at the end of the day. It's alright training every other day but you have to have an end product at the end of the week.
“They've given me the opportunity here to come in and play and I'm going to grasp it. I'm like a young kid again who's enjoying my football.”
Holt is already starting to show some of the talent which made him such a crowd favourite in his four years and more than 180 games at Carrow Road, with a sterling display as the rock in front of the Town back four.
And he is happy to help keep raising the profile of his new club after knocking out a side two division higher.
“You think of the money generated from this game alone to help the club to improve facilities and keep improving the club and the profile of it,” he said.
“Everyone will be talking about Lowestoft Town again. That's the thing it raises the profile and that's what we want to do. We want to progress and if that means better players coming in it keeps you on your toes and that's what you've got to do.
“And I take my hat off to the boys because we proved we're not a bad side. And we want to do well. We want to win leagues, we want to win cups and set a good account of ourselves and let everyone know we are a good side.
“The coaching staff here are tremendous and so are the management and the committee. They work so hard to produce a good squad of players and we saw it with Jamie (Godbold) coming on and creating a wonderful fourth goal and that's what we've got.
“You can't ask for much more than that. You look at the bench and think 'I've got to play well here'. You've got to play well or you're going to miss games and that's the pleasing thing.
“The boys rolled up their sleeves, got stuck in and got the result we deserved.”
Holt was thrilled with the way Town played on Tuesday against City, particularly after going 2-0 up inside 20 minutes, before conceding a penalty late in the first half.
“We started really well. We got two goals up and in the ascendency,” he said.
“It was a soft penalty against us, but you're going to get them. You've got to accept it and you've got to get on with it and I think we reacted positively.
“We didn't let our heads go down and we didn't get bitter and angry and start getting at the referee and we concentrated on our job.
“We knew we were going to be under pressure at the start of the second half, we knew they were going to go long. But we broke and we hit them on the break really well. It wasn't just let's bomb it forward, we hit them well and could have had a couple more goals and that's the pleasing factor.
“Decisions go against you and it's how you react to them. The good teams, the top teams, they react well. They don't let it get to them, the react straight away and get on with it.”
Next up is Dean Saunders' Wrexham and Holt believes Town can win at the Racecourse Ground against the Blue Square Premier side.
“Yes,” he said when asked if Town can be giantkillers again. “I'm sure we'll do the analysis on them. We'll be well prepped on them. We'll know their strengths and weaknesses.
“One of my friends, Gareth Taylor, plays for them, so it'll be interesting to see him again.
“But we're the underdogs and as you know the underdogs can spring surprises. They'll not fancy it. They'll not relish it. They've got a home tie which might help them.
“But they've got to win. We don't. We need to go up there and enjoy it like we did on Saturday and tonight. We enjoyed it thoroughly and got the result we deserved.”