Stevenage creative midfielder James Ball: I love scoring goals

PUBLISHED: 16:38 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 15 August 2018

James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road.

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James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 07463250714 14/08/2018

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James Ball has been speaking to CometSport after his superbly-taken goal during battling Stevenage’s 3-1 defeat to Championship side Norwich City in the first round of the Carabao Cup at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening. Read on for what the talented 22-year-old midfielder had to say.

James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
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14/08/2018James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 07463250714 14/08/2018

You’ve got two goals in three, you got thirteen for Stockport last season...

Yeah, I got thirteen. If I could get that again this season then I’ll be happy. If I can keep going it’ll help the team and help myself to developing as a player so yes, I’m really happy.

James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
07463250714
14/08/2018James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 07463250714 14/08/2018

Goalscoring midfielders are worth their weight in gold aren’t they?

Yes. The gaffer wants goals from me so if I can keep doing that then I’ll be very happy.

James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
07463250714
14/08/2018James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 07463250714 14/08/2018

You showed quick feet to draw the foul by Christoph Zimmermann leading up to the goal, do you think there could have been a yellow card or even a red shown?

I think there definitely could’ve been a yellow, I think if he doesn’t foul me then I’m getting a shot off. I don’t really know the rules are but it was a great ball by Kurtis [Guthrie] to get me through and I just beat the defender to it and he just brought me down. I don’t know whether that was a red or a yellow but ultimately it ended in a goal anyway.

What shines through over the last couple of games that I’ve seen you play is your technique and for the free kick as well, is that something you’ve been working on?

Yes. I’ve been working on it on training. I did it Thursday and Friday last week, I worked on it before the game.

If you can improve your set plays then it can get you three goals a season, maybe more, so yes definitely, I’ll keep working on it and trying to improve.

You missed a lot of pre-season and you’re looking to work on your fitness to kick on really...

Yes, we do a lot of work on our fitness in training but nothing can replicate games match fitness which is completely different – so I’m still playing catch up with rest of the lads who have had a full pre-season.

I do feel like I’m getting there. I’ve played two hours and I think another 60 minutes today so I feel like I could get to 90 minutes, but this game was hard because we’ve got another game on Saturday so I’m still recovering a bit. I do feel like I’m getting match fit.

Morecambe on Saturday, four points out of six so far, looking to kick on?

Yes, we go into every game wanting to win and expecting to win, this games no different, we’ve got to treat every game with respect because any team in this league can pull off a result. I was watching this league last year and seeing the bottom teams were beating the top teams.

It’s kind of similar to the Conference North I was in just all over the place so you’ve got to treat every game the same and hopefully get three points on Saturday.

You seem to be relishing your time at Stevenage by the looks of it?

Yes after a couple of years in non-league I was just dying to get back to full time. Training every day. I feel like I’m getting sharper and that’s what I missed – and yes, I’m loving it and want to keep kicking on.

Transcribed by Rosie Tudball

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