LAFFERTY HAPPY WITH GOALS, BUT NOT THE RESULT


Kyle Lafferty was happy to net a brace on Saturday against Gillingham but was ultimately disappointed that we didn’t grab all three points. “Getting two goals on my full debut is nice for me, but at the end of the day it's about the team. To drop points the way we did is disappointing, but we've got two very important games away from home, so we'll focus on them. I've been biding my time for six or seven weeks now. I think Charlie has done superbly well, scored goals, his link up play and everything else - I've been impressed with him myself. But he's injured, so that's given me the nod today and two goals is a good start. At the end of the day, dropping points is more important and that's took the shine off it a bit. I don't really score many headers, for the size of me you're probably thinking 'what', but I don't score many goals with my head. I enjoy the physical battle, but I think I've only scored six or seven in my career with my head. But if I'm there I'll try and score them. Today obviously it was a great ball in by Denver and I've managed to get in front of my marker and score.”


The Ulsterman also gave his fellow front man, Charlie Wyke, a mention. “I think I'll offer something slightly different than Charlie. His hold-up play is slightly better than mine, but I'll get in behind defenders more than him I'd say. It’s good that the manager has that option for both of us and if he decides to play one of us or both, then I think we'll thrive off it. Missing Charlie is a blow, but I think he'll be back in the next couple of games. From a personal point of view, it's nice to get my first start and to get the two goals is nice as well, but it's disappointing not to leave the game with three points. But in a way we've gained a point. If we had won the game then we would be sitting third, but we've got nine games left, 27 points, plenty of football left to play and we're still hungry. We still want to go out there and fight. I think overall two long balls into the box lost us the three points, but it's a team game - we can't talk about individuals, it's a team game. They're a hard team to break down. We were told that from early doors, I think Thursday the manager showed us clips of them. I think teams coming here, it's their cup final. They're playing Sunderland, the biggest team in the league without a shadow of a doubt, and they want to beat us. I think the last couple of games we haven't really performed in the first 15, 20 minutes and then teams get on that. Today I think they tried to press us with our own game.”


Lafferty was also happy that he’s popular with the fans. “It's nice,” added Lafferty. “Fans signing your name at any part of the game is important, and the fans stay with the team. They need to keep pushing us on. They'll be the 12th man and having them behind us is massive. The lads do take note of that, and it's important they keep on coming and give us a massive push.”


In other news, Phil Parkinson reckons that Charlie Wyke will travel with the squad to Bristol Rovers after resting his back injury over the weekend. “Charlie has had a bit of problem with his back, so we decided to get it sorted this week,” he said. “He probably could have carried on through to the Blackpool game but it’s getting to a stage where we felt we should do the injection this week and hopefully he will be ok for the week coming up. It’s not a major problem and he has a good chance of being in contention on Tuesday night. It’s an ongoing thing. It was ok before Coventry, at the beginning of the week he wasn’t too bad, but as the week has gone on it wasn’t getting much better. With painkillers we could have asked him to get through this game but with Kyle and Will Grigg available we just thought it was better to get it dealt with and hopefully we will reap the benefit of that.”


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