Bira Dembélé is enjoying his best run of form and games at Stevenage ever since joining the club last February.
It was a difficult transition for the Frenchman, moving to a new country for a struggling team but he says he is much happier now.
“Personally yes it was more difficult last season because my English was not as good but now I speak better and the team is also better. Joining in February and coming in late last season when the team was not doing well, it was not easy.
“I am enjoying being back in the starting eleven, for a long time I did not play in the team and now it is good to play and we are doing well.
“When you win everybody is happy, we feel good. We feel better working and playing.”
Dembélé epitomises the team-first mentality at Stevenage. When asked about his own impressive form, the defender deflected the praise onto his teammates.
“It is not about me, it is about the team. Everybody is playing well, everybody is helping me but yes I think I am helping the team.”
A fans favourite, Dembélé says hearing his name sung from the stands drives him on in games.
“I love it when I hear my song! Everytime I hear it, it makes me happy and it gives me strength.
“I love playing at home because of the fans, their voice helps me and the team go forward and win games.”
Tuesday’s draw at Exeter sets Boro up nicely for the home game at the weekend and Dembélé says the team are up for the fight with only nine games to go.
“Good point on Tuesday, I think when you are playing for promotion you need to not lose or win away and win every game at home.
“The final stretch is in front of us and we are ready to fight. We just need to take it one game at a time and focus on the next opponent. The team is confident; we have good players and are on a good run."