Interview : Jamie McAllister : 13/03/2014
Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To QPR
Jamie McAllister
Jamie McAllister
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Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Jack Killah on Thursday 13th March 2014, as part of the build-up to the away match against Queens Park Rangers.

JM: The boys are full of confidence. We've been on a good run recently. During the last six games we've had two or three clean sheets and two wins, three draws and a defeat - so it's a good run still. We'll look to bounce back on Saturday against QPR.

JK: It hasn't been too much a problem for you guys this season, in keeping the scores low. Defensively you've looked pretty sound in most of the games.

JM: Yes, we have as a team. We defend well and we work hard as a team. Tuesday night was just disappointing because we didn't get our game going in the way that we like to play. Hopefully we can get that going on Saturday, and get our game back.

JK: Is this a good time to go to Loftus Road? QPR have been a bit indifferent at the moment in terms of form.

JM: Yes they are. They've struggled results-wise recently. There's a lot of things going on behind the scenes and stuff like that, but I'm sure they'll look at the next game as well - the same as us. It will be a good game. It's a good stadium and a good place to play. But we're looking forward to it, and it's one where we'll want to go and nick three points off them.

JK: You guys gave them a really good game here at Huish Park, and it was just the Charlie Austin penalty, which was quite a dubious penalty at the time. Are those the kind of fine lines we're talking about in these types of games?

JM: Yes, I think so. If you look at the Ipswich game on the Tuesday night, they were happy with a 1-0. After they scored they were happy with that, and just defended on that. It's fine margins and like you've said the game against QPR here (at Huish Park) was very tight. I thought we were the better team on the day and were unlucky not to win. As you say, it was a dubious penalty. But we go again, and we look forward to Saturday and this time hopefully we'll get a little it of luck, and we'll get a penalty in the last ten or fifteen minutes!

JK: In terms of attacking threat, they've got a lot of it - a lot of pace and creativity. As a defender how would you look at them? Is there a proper way to set up against them or is it a case of doing your own thing?

JM: Well we do look at teams. Daz, Tel and the gaffer do their homework on them during the week and set up a plan for us and the way that we're going to play against them, and how we're going to play ourselves. So we know everybody's threats in the Championship. Most of the teams have got quick forwards, quick wingers and they've got their threats. But at the end of the day it's eleven-v-eleven on a Saturday and who wants it more. So I'm sure that our boys will be wanting it more on Saturday.

JK: Now you're at the business end of the season, is it fair to say that every point is vital? Do you as players have that in your head and think that we need to get a certain amount of points from the next few games?

JM: Yes we do. We've got targets and we'll look to meet them as soon as possible. Our main is to stay in this division. That's the challenge that's there for us, and hopefully we'll go and do it. But we just want to go and pick up the next three points, as they're the most important. If we go on a good run, like the run that we've been on, and keep picking up points then it puts pressure on everybody else, and then it's about how they handle that pressure. As long as we take care of our own business - we've got a game in hand on a few teams as well - then it's up to us, and it's in our own hands at the moment.

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