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Reece James reckons Peter Reid sold SAFC to him when the player asked his advice about joining. James explained: “He spoke highly of this place and said it’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down when the size of a club like this comes calling, he said the fans were unbelievable, I saw that from the opening day. They have backed us to the hilt since. To see us take 5,00 fans to Gillingham on a Tuesday night from up here, in League One, I don’t think you can get that from many clubs in the country. He said the fans will back you to the hilt and that the fans will back you as a city and club. This club has lived up massively to those expectations. The mentality the gaffer (manager Jack Ross) is building here, he wants us to be that sort of team, he wants us to have that (winning) mentality. Everyone came into the changing room disappointed that we only got a draw. If you look at it in another sense, if we had won this and drawn a previous away game which we had won, then it is not a bad way to look at the table. We want to win games at home, though. Everyone is gutted and we have to make sure we put it right against Walsall (on Saturday). You could see the reaction from everyone when (Josh Maja’s equaliser) went in that we all tried to pick each other up, get us going. We have great team spirit and you could see we rallied. You just have to look at games like Wimbledon away, where we came from behind to win, it shows what we are made of. The gaffer has drilled it into us that we want to win every game. It was frustrating because it was a different game plan to what we are used to facing here (from Wycombe). We found it difficult at times to break them down, they let us have the ball at times. (In the) second half we sussed out what they were doing, had more of a go and had good chances. We had some good ones (in the) first half but a shame we didn’t take them. When we went down it was good reward for the fight we showed to get something. We have to show the character we have got in every game, from the start. That’s the challenge, because we want to win every game, we want to be top. There would have been nothing better than going top, that was the aim.”

In other news, Jack Ross reckons that Duncan Watmore will be involved in an U23s fixture next week. "He’s scheduled to play in an U23 game against Middlesbrough at the beginning of next week, and that will be another significant step forward for him," Ross said. “Thereafter the U23s have another two games after that and the Checkatrade will then be around that time. He’ll play against Middlesbrough and that’ll be a big step forward for him. When we get that out the way we’ll look at when we integrate him. I had a long chat with him on Friday and the good thing is this week will be his sixth week of training with us. That gives him a really solid platform, not just physically but psychologically, to say, ‘right I’m back’. I was keen to do that no matter what happened on a Saturday. He’s desperate to be involved. He’s been out a long time, he’s missed playing. I think he also likes the way we play and thinks he can be an asset within that. I think he’s excited about that. He’s very positive and I think appreciates the patience we’ve had. When he’s back the impact he’ll make will be clear."

 

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