Jamie McAllister met the press to preview the visit of Lincoln City this weekend, as the lads look to keep their promotion push on track…
“It’s been a great week with three wins away from the Stadium of Light and three big performances, all with clean sheets. The old cliché goes that the next game is always the most important, and we’ve navigated the games well, coming from Wembley and playing at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night. We know not to get too high – we have to be ready and we have to know what’s coming. We’ve been very good at that of late, we’ve achieved nothing yet in the league, and there are still a lot of games to play and good teams to face. The boys have shown real professionalism with how they have recovered and performed in big games. We have to look to keep that run going.”
“The semi-final against Lincoln was a great game, both sides playing some very attractive football, and it could’ve gone either way. We need to be at the top of our game, as it will be a huge test. They’re only two points behind us, and it will be a good game. Lincoln are a very good side with a manager in Michael Appleton who has done very well. We can’t get carried away; we just need to keep building that momentum and keep our feet on the ground. We have good strength in depth amongst the squad as has been demonstrated, which has proven crucial in recent games.”
“I’m delighted for the big man because he’s had a tough time with injury since he arrived. He had a bit of stick before the game on Wednesday as he had a record of no games, no goals, one medal. Now he can say he’s had one game, one goal and one medal – not a bad record – although he’s too nice a guy to come in and say that!”
"Denver Hume is ticking off the training sessions and it's great for us that he's back. He's looking good, looking strong. He has been out for a while though and he does need games. So, it's whether he does that through in-house games, which we're trying to arrange for next week, or whether he plays some minutes against Crystal Palace for the U23s next week. That's another option and we're looking at all of that at the moment. It's just case of topping up and keeping him injury free because he will be a big bonus for us when he comes back. Aiden O'Brien is closer than Jordan and Bailey. Those two are probably in the same category. They've both done a good bike session today, they've been doing a lot of pool work and strengthening work. They're not back on the grass yet."
"We've been doing a lot of work with Jake Vokins recently. We gave him a development plan that we wanted him to work on, and Southampton had already sent us stuff that they wanted him to improve on. So he's been working on all of that, doing individual work and extra stuff after training. There's been a lot of video analysis work as well. He's a great kid and he's always wanting to learn and get better. He knows what he needs to improve and he's really keen to work on that. It was a great to see him get minutes. But Callum has been consistent and has a good relationship with Geads down the left. Then Jake has come in and done really well, so there's a bit of a headache there in terms of the Lincoln game and moving forward. Then you have Denver coming back, which gives us options where we know they can all do a really good job for us."