Matty breathing easier

Pars pressing is animal like

The pre-season friendly against St Johnstone saw Matty Todd return to the pitch after a lay off since mid April. It was appendicitis that ended his season early but his late start to action in pre-season is due to a minor operation on his nose.

In the play-off game against Queens Park in May last year he got an elbow blow to the nose and plans for it to be fixed last pre-season never worked out. Surgery was put back to this pre-season so the 21 year old midfielder underwent surgery three weeks ago.  Although he will be wearing a protective mask for a number of weeks Matty claims that his breathing is 100 times better than what it was:-

“I couldn’t breathe out one nostril throughout the last year, but, as soon as I came out the surgery, it was superb. I’m not going to lie – loved it!  Since the splints came out, I’ve had no bother with it.”

Matty showed great determination to be able to play a whole season with the difficulties caused by his nose but his greatest problem in living with the restriction was at night and now he is grateful to be able to sleep so much better:-

“To be fair, it was more in the sleep. I’d always struggle at nights trying to sleep, just breathing out one nostril, breathing out my mouth. For the last three weeks I’ve not had any problems at night. It’s good to get back into a routine where I can sleep properly and I can run about properly, instead of breathing out my mouth, so it’s good.”

A mask was ordered for Matty as soon as he was out the hospital and since returning to training he has got used to wearing it, so it’s not a problem when he is now out there on the pitch.  Judging by his energetic start to Tuesday nights game it looked like he was really itching to be back playing and he added:-

“It has been a long time, but I’ve been taking it easy with the things that I’ve had in the past couple of months, especially with the nose, so I’m delighted to be back involved with the boys, and kick on for the new season.

“I’ve not been allowed to do any contact stuff up until last Wednesday. I had to get the splints taken out of my nostrils, so I had to go back to the hospital last Tuesday to get them taken out. Ever since that, I’ve been involved in contact training.

“I just want to thank Tadhg (O’Carroll), the physio, he’s done a great job with me since I came back in. He’s put me through my paces and worked on non-contact stuff, just to try and keep me ticking over.  I’ve been out there doing, as most of you know, laps of the pitch with the rest of the boys. I’m just delighted to be back involved in contact training, and just kick on again.”

Matty played 61  minutes against St Johnstone before being subbed by Andrew Tod and was really pleased to get the game time:-

“I don’t know what the plan was for me but it’s 61 minutes in my legs more than I’ve had in the past two games. I’m just delighted to be back out there. I love it, I love playing here, so I just want keep kicking on again and adding more minutes.  Hopefully I’ll be involved on Sunday against Hearts, and then, you never know, against Alloa next Tuesday. This is the time to add to your match fitness, and I’ve got the chance to do that again.”

St Johnstone certainly provided a step up in quality of opponent and Matty considered his side’s performance against the Premiership team was good:-

“We moved the ball well, side to side, cut them open at times, and probably could’ve been a couple of goals ahead the first 30 minutes, but just never really took our chances.  That’s something we can work on on the training pitch. We can be more clinical and what not, but we can keep playing our passages of play that we work on throughout the week.

“We want to press teams and cause chaos.. I think we’ve just got to realise when not to press, and when boys are out of position, can we just take our foot off the gas a wee bit and keep our shape. You can see it out there. We were absolute animals at pressing. We’ve got boys that can do it all the time, so it’s good.”

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