Scotty Mac Will Earn His Stripes v Blackpool
By Rob Nichols
Friday 18 Nov 2011 17:21:00
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It was a rejuvenated Scott McDonald that I spoke to this week. I won’t say fresh faced because his face was painted as a tiger. He was looking forward to hunting down Blackpool at the Riverside.

 

I met Scott at the Butterwick Children’s Hospice in Stockton this week where he and team mates Danny Coyne and Nicky Bailey were helping to spread a little pre Christmas cheer and paving the way for Santa Claus to make an early visit.

 

The children showed the players around, making Christmas decorations in the messy room and everyone chilled out in the sensory room. I’ll tell you more about this visit next week because it was really very special indeed and I do want to shout a big hello to Usmaan and Marek and the gang.

 

Scott had a few thoughts about the task ahead tomorrow and over the coming weeks and how we should be encouraged that this team has what it takes to stay up there near the top of the league.

 

Fly: You got the goal on the rebound against Watford.

SM: Yes I’ve been working hard for that so it was quite nice it finally came. Hopefully that starts something now but more importantly I was just happy that we won the game.

I think even though I’ve not been scoring goals I have been performing quite well. I have had chances and have hit the bar and things have just not been falling for me. It took the other week for it to be a rebound and offside and whatever to come back and finally get that little bit of luck that I deserved I think. So it was nice but more importantly was the 3 points and how we bounced back after that Southampton game was great. It showed great character from the team and it shows the fans here that we are more than capable of holding it in contention this year and staying up there in those high positions. If not promotion places, then play offs.

 

Fly: A few games coming up now up to the festive period, this will be an important period won’t it?

SM: Yes I think it is a crunch time isn’t it because there are so many games in a short space of time. Leading up to Christmas there are a lot of games as well and over the Christmas period that is the crunch time when you play so many games. You’ve got to keep in touch with everyone else and obviously try and lead from the front and be one of those in the leading pack like we have been. I think home form is crucial and we have picked that up in the last couple of matches at home which is important and if we can keep doing that it will greatly help us towards the end of the season.

 

Fly: We went to Southampton and saw for ourselves how they have built their lead on their home dominance.

SM: Yes they have. We have been the opposite this year our away form has been one of the best if not the best in the league, that’s where we’ve built our league position from. But now we are starting to consolidate at home as well which is important. There is no point in me saying to you now if we had won this game and that game at home. There’s always some “buts” and we did that last year. Let’s just take the positives of what we’ve got so far and rectify the mistakes and move on hopefully..

 

Fly: And hopefully at least stay where we are in the league.

SM: Yes, of course everyone is fully confident here. On our day if we keep playing the way we are then we are a match for anyone in this league. When you win games it breeds confidence. There is certainly that air of confidence in our changing room at the moment. We can beat anyone. And hopefully we can keep that going by winning games and keep that confidence.

 

Fly: Maybe if we had the players faces painted at home matches it might breed some fear in the opposition.

SM: Yes hopefully. It might bring a few more people back as well for entertainment.



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