Wyke: The Comeback

 

Charlie Wyke is dreaming of making his comeback against Bradford on Boxing Day, in front of a 40,000 crowd at the Stadium of Light. "I think we're trying to get 40,000 fans there [for Boxing Day], so it will be a great game to play in, and hopefully I'll be able to play my part. The Christmas period is class because you play game after game, and that allows you to build a lot of momentum and put points on the board. I want that buzz you get from winning games every week and I want to help us achieve our goal this season, which ultimately is promotion. We've got so much quality in the team, and to be honest I've been jealous sitting there watching the types of crosses and balls going into the box that we produce. I want to be on the end of those, but I'm feeling fit and won't have to wait much longer. It's been a long and frustrating six months, so it's good to finally be back out there and I'm enjoying every minute of it. When I first came back, something wasn't right and I was still getting aches and pains in my knee. I wasn't really confident in my knee when I came back last time and one collision made it happen again, so I've done an extra few weeks running and been more patient this time. Scoring at the Stadium of Light was one of the best feelings I've had during my career, but the next week I found myself injured again, not knowing when I'd return. I won't lie, it's tough coming on an afternoon by yourself and there's been some dark days, but there's a great bunch of lads here. Without the set-up we have, it could have been a lot more difficult but I've fitted straight in here and I feel good."

 

In other news, Jack Ross also gave an injury update on Jon McLaughlin, Tom Flanagan, and Reece James: “It was an ankle injury Reece suffered in the warm-up. It shouldn’t be too bad and hopefully it will be no longer than a few days. It was a bit like with Chris [Maguire] at Walsall a couple of weeks ago when he was injured in the warm-up, when you have any concerns about that I would prefer to make the change prior to kick-off than in the first 10 minutes because, as you could see during the game, you can have unforeseen things happen like having to change your goalkeeper which restricts you in terms of the subs you can make. Tom got a knock against Walsall and he has taken a bit longer to recover from it than we thought. I would be hopeful that he will have a chance for next weekend, although it is not definite. Jon is OK. He suffered a back spasm early in the half and it is one where he could possibly have continued but he is experienced enough and sensible enough to realise that it might have affected his ability to make a save in the game. I think with injuries like that it was the right thing to do for him to come off. Again, I’m hopeful it won’t rule him out for too long.”

 

On the win itself, Ross had this to say: “We knew what kind of day it would be, difficult conditions, but the result superseded everything,” said Ross. “We deserved the result, we had to show the character by coming from behind again. It was a day when the result was ultimate importance. It was a peculiar start, disappointing result through the week against Walsall, so we freshened the team up and wanted to put it right. I was reasonably pleased with the start, frustrating to concede. I am pleased the lads got the break before half-time. It was a good reward for them and it changed the mood slightly. Josh had looked sharp, I thought he might score on a couple of occasions. Although this was not a perfect performance, there were still good things and it is a day at this time of the year when we have to grind out the results. We have faced different challenges, we have had to come from behind again, and we have had to use our squad because of injuries in the build-up, the warm up and during the game.”

 

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