With Charlie Wyke out till 2019, Jerome Sinclair is looking to seize the opportunity and form a strike force with Josh Maja that can shoot us to promotion. “I watch a lot of football, so I knew a bit about Maj and hopefully I can get in amongst him and help the team do even better. Obviously, the manager brought me on and I played up top with Maj and obviously you need to play with your strike partner and be effective together and we were able to do that in that game. So I would like to do more of that in the future, definitely. Anywhere in the attacking areas, I am happy to play and do a job for the team. Obviously, it was tough to get injured in the first game but getting back match fit and feeling sharp was probably the main thing. So hopefully now I can kickstart my season and help the team. Football is one of those sports that you never know what can happen. You build yourself up all pre-season so to get injured in the first game was tough, but it was a minor setback and hopefully it’s a major comeback. I came here with the view to getting as much minutes as I can. Hopefully now I can start to do that and start playing on a regular basis with the team. Speaking to the manager was a major part of the decision making process to come to this club. Obviously it is a massive club and it speaks for itself - it is a Premier League club. But speaking to the manager and hearing where he sees you fitting in is obviously very important and at the stage of my career, minutes is the most important thing. You get to a stage where you have to assess where you are at. For me, it is about playing football regularly. I haven’t been able to as much as I would have liked over the last few years so to have the chance to show what I can do, have an impact and try to get this club back to where it’s supposed to be. I’m not as young as I would like to be but obviously I have a lot of years ahead of me in the game so it is the right step to come here.”
In other news, Tom Flanagan is hoping that the stability he brought to the team against Rochdale will earn him a starting place against Coventry. He also enjoyed playing on the right-hand side of a back three. He said: “It’s a good position for me I’ve played left-back most of the last two seasons so it’s nice to have it instantly on my right foot now. I maybe don’t offer what the modern day full-back offers going forward, it’s more about backing up and getting back in. I like playing in a three, you get a lot of time on the ball and I’ll play anywhere in a three. That’s where I’ve played for Northern Ireland and I’ve always enjoyed it,” he added. “Wingers are sometimes better left on their own anyway, they like the cameras on them! I just leave them to it.
Flanagan is also looking forward to hearing the noise that 5,000 travelling SAFC fans make at Coventry on Saturday. “It’ll be brilliant,” he said. “It’s a nice place to play, they’re a good young team. A very different test, they’ll want to play their football. It’ll feel like a home game which is great.”
He also believes that we are tightening up on set pieces. “There’s been a few individual mistakes,” he added. “Also, it’s a new group and we’ve all done it differently at different groups, so it has to come together now and that’s been difficult. We’re getting there and it was good against Rochdale. They’ll score a lot from set pieces as well because they leave one-v-one at the back. We just have to get on with that aspect of it.”
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