Date: 15th February 2014 at 8:05am
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Ahead of today’s game against Southend United Jimmy Keohane has already been named in the starting XI and he’s delighted that he’ll be looking at his fifth straight start in recent times.

23 year old Keohane’s season has been a bit all over the place, and going back to the Wimbledon game last month where he returned to the starting line up, it was actually the first time he had played from the opening whistle going back three months.

Speaking to the Official Site the youngster admitted that it was disappointing to find himself out of the team again back then, but he knew the only way to deal with it was by knuckling down in training and proving that he warranted a chance again…and then when that came making sure he grabbed it with both hands, which was exactly what he did in the game against the Dons.

‘I’m delighted that I’ve started four in a row now. I’m just looking to do well and to provide some energy to the team and to add some positives. I’ve kept training away and working hard, and I got my chance to play against Wimbledon. Luckily I did reasonably well, and I start the Tuesday game as well. For me, it was always a case of carrying on working hard and staying positive that I’d get a chance.’

Keohane says that football can change very quickly and quite dramatically and that was proven by how quickly he’s been in, out and in again and he appreciates if he doesn’t perform he’ll be back out again just as quick.

It’s the nature of football as manager Paul Tisdale looks to select a squad on form and capable of winning games, but equally he’s more than shown that when somebody deserves their chance through their efforts in training, he will give them that chance to stake their claim again.

As for himself, Jimmy also says that he feels he’s really developed over the last 12 months and he’s a much better player now than what he was this time last year, and he’s less nervous as well when called into the squad, so hopefully that will continue to transmit through to his performances and he’ll keep giving Tisdale decisions to make.