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Hewelt hungry for more

2 February 2023


Hewelt hungry for more

2 February 2023

Mateusz Hewelt took time out of his week to speak to the local press ahead of the fixture at Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon.

Hewelt spoke about getting the opportunity to get the number one shirt, his experiences this season, working under Joe Murphy and his view on the league table.

“I’m very happy to get the chance to start and hopefully I perform and solidify that position.”

Tranmere come into the match after a massive win last weekend over the league leaders, Leyton Orient.

“It was great to get a clean sheet, especially against the league leaders, and it was a very good achievement. It’s a great feeling when the final whistle goes, and the win and clean sheet is secured. We were definitely the better team in the game.

“It was nice playing in the cup games because it kept me ticking over and the experience of playing in the first team, but also to drive me on more to try and secure my place in the league.”

“There’s been a few penalty shootouts in the games that I’ve played, and that one against Accrington Stanley was a crazy one – I had to take one as well! It’s a lottery really, but when you get the win, the whole team is happy.

Tranmere played Newcastle United live on Sky earlier this season, in a game where the home side held their own and put on a great performance against the high-flying Premier League side.

“It was a great experience playing them, and the fans that day were great – they had Prenton Park full, and we held our own – so it was a great experience.

“I’m 26 now – and you may say that’s young for a goalkeeper, but a lot of keepers are playing at this time, so I definitely want to stay in there.”

Hewelt commented on working under goalkeeper coach, Joe Murphy, who took on the role in the summer.

“Joe has years and years of experience which he can pass down, tell us on the training pitch and in games. It’s brilliant having him around. He’s still going now – so he shows us how to look after our body too, and copy it.”

Hewelt, who was born in Poland, spoke about his footballing idols and how he learned his trade.

“As a kid, I always looked up to Iker Casillas. And then the Polish ones – Arthur Boruc, Wojciech Szczesny. As a kid, you always look at the videos of keepers, but as you get older, you develop your own style.

“There’s always something you can improve on – crossing, shot stopping, kicking – so I’m trying to improve every day.”

After the Deadline of Tuesday evening, Tranmere have brought in five new faces to Prenton Park.

“The new players coming in gives you a boost, but you like to see what the new lads are like, as well as adding a bit of energy to the team. They’ve looked very good – Logan has just come in and has looked good in training today, Harvey played on Saturday and did very well, worked hard for the team and made it hard for their defenders.”

The Whites have one of the best defensive records in the Sky Bet League Two at the moment, with a solid defence in front of Hewelt in goal.

“It’s reassuring for yourself, and at times, you might not have much to do with the defence that we have in front of you. It makes my job a lot easier. The relationships are good, but it will probably take a bit of time to fully understand each other’s games. We share the building, we share the training pitch, so we’ve got an understanding of each other.”

Despite sitting in midtable, Tranmere aren’t far from the play off positions – and there is full confidence in the squad that they can achieve their goals with a good run of form.

“We showed on Saturday the qualities that we have. If we get a good run of results going and points on the board, then we can definitely be up there in the play-off positions come the end of the season.”

Seven games in February awaits Rovers, with massive games which could determine the fate of their season.

“It’s nice to have games to look forward to. Training all week with intensity, it will be good to get more games in. A good run of games now this month will take us right back up there, and all of the points add up. We’re aiming for wins.”

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