On-loan goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has explained how great it is to work under caretaker manager Ian Evatt but has revealed just how hurt him and the rest of the squad are following relegation last week.
Evatt's first game in charge after taking over from Jack Lester took place on Saturday, but unfortunately the club suffered a 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.
Assessing the display, Ramsdale commented: "As a team I thought we did everything that the gaffer said. We played football, we hit diagonal balls, we were on the front foot and we created a lot of chances. We just couldn't score, and we've been saying it for a while - we don't really get the rub of the green when you're down the bottom of the table."
Despite the loss, Ramsdale has been impressed with Evatt's first week at the helm. "He's took it in his stride and it looked natural for him. He's got a great personality in the dressing room and everyone respects him because of his playing time when we've all been together. He's got a smile back on everyone's faces after a tough period," he said.
Former Chesterfield stopper Tommy Lee has joined the coaching staff until the end of the season too, and Ramsdale claims he has also lifted the mood in the camp: "He's been brilliant, it was a tough few days in between the period where he came in for Simon Tracey.
"Simon was brilliant with me and gave me an opportunity to play. Tommy has come in and he's young so obviously he's got the banter with the boys because he's been a part of this dressing room this year. It's bringing more fun to the back end of the season."
Despite the attitude around the club improving, the teenage 'keeper recognises the severity of the club’s relegation from the Football League. "It's gutting," Ramsdale explained.
"A lot of people have perceptions that loan players don't care but I can definitely say for myself and the loan players at this club that its hurt everyone. I was sad after the Forest Green game, you could tell everyone was deflated and really upset. I really did think we could turn it around but unfortunately not," he asserted.
Since arriving on loan in January, Ramsdale has had multiple members of the squad play in front of him in the back four.
That can potentially be quite tricky for a goalkeeper but it's a situation the on-loan Bournemouth man has embraced. "I don't think the chopping and changing worries me too much because in training you play with every player in every position so that never really bothered me," he revealed.
Ramsdale's opening few games with the club came under scrutiny but he's only gone from strength to strength since.
He expressed: "I think my performances over the last few weeks has come from just regularly playing games again. Since I moved to Bournemouth games have been tough to come by. I played more times for my age group at England than I did for the club so just a run of games has got me back up to speed."
Despite relegation, the goalkeeper has enjoyed his spell at the Proact and hopes what he's shown will carry him on to greater things. "On a personal note it's been fantastic for me, it's been a stepping stone in my career. I think I've proved I can deal with things in this league. This is just what I needed. I'm proud to be a part of the team. The fans have been brilliant all season - to have the backing of them is top class," Ramsdale exclaimed.
The squad have a chance to close out a disappointing season with a win in their final home match of the campaign tonight as they take on Newport County (7.45pm), and Ramsdale acknowledges the need to play for the supporters.
"There's not been one game they haven't got behind us. They've given us a chance to get on top. Even on Saturday - the fans quite easily could not have turned up. But they were backing the gaffer and they were backing us," he observed.
"We need to give them a performance and hopefully two wins to give them something to smile about - although it's not the smile they want it to be - for the start of next year. We owe the fans everything and we're all really disappointed to let them down," the 19-year-old concluded.