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Jamie McAllister: Yeovil Town have no need to fear ex-Premier League giants like Blackburn Rovers

By WGSweet  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

By Ben Johnson


Jamie McAllister will lead Yeovil Town against Blackburn Rovers. Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

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YEOVIL Town club captain Jamie McAllister believes there is nothing to fear when his side face the Sky Bet Championship’s ex-Premier League clubs.

The Scottish defender and his team face Blackburn Rovers at Huish Park tomorrow, with the hosts aiming to climb clear of the drop zone and the visitors targeting the play-offs.

The Glovers are unbeaten in four, winning two of those games, while visitors Rovers have lost just one game in their last five.

McAllister, who was first tempted south of the border by then-Bristol City manager Gary Johnson, believes that Saturday is just another game in a busy schedule.

“I don’t believe it’s a challenge for us, we want to keep this good run going,” he said. “We’re currently in promotion form averaging two points a game and with the game being at home it’s the perfect opportunity for us.

“The boys are full of confidence and it’s one we’re more than ready for.”

The Christmas period can be a hectic time for clubs, with fixtures coming thick and fast. But the experienced campaigner is pleased with the run of games ahead of them.

Last season Johnson’s team enjoyed a run after the turn of the year that was key in helping them achieve promotion the positive, with those memories spurring on the left back.

“I love this time of year, we have a good fixture list coming up, and with I believe five games in 15 days it will be a busy time but the lads can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“It was at about this time last year that we went on a great run of eight or nine games unbeaten I believe.

“As a squad we are determined and committed to climbing the table and with the group of players we have I have every faith that we can, continuing this form with three points on Saturday.”

Yeovil started the season slowly, and many of the supporters may have feared the worst after performances failed to result in points following an opening day success at Millwall.

However, McAllister - an experienced Championship player - believes the squad is now stronger and more suited for the demands of the league.

“As a team we’re becoming stronger and harder to beat,” he said. “The first goal is massive and we seem to be starting quicker and putting the opponents on the back foot”.

The recent initial short term acquisitions of Liverpool’s Adam Morgan, Nottingham Forest’s Ishmael Miller and Everton’s John Lundstram, have bolstered Yeovil’s thin squad with McAllister hailing their influence.

He said: “It’s definitely been a plus for us, it’s brought great competition and all three have had a big impact for us already.

“Ishmael has weighed in with goals and assists and is always a threat, Morgan has come in, done well and been lively and John’s composure on the ball as well as his attacking ability has really added to the impetus of the side.”

McAllister was also quick to highlight the vital role played by Shane Duffy and Byron Webster in Yeovil’s resurgence.

“Both players have been man- mountains at the back for us - both in the opponent’s area and ours. They’re both particularly confident on the ball and dominant in the air.

“It’s great to play alongside such talented players and I hope the club will do all they can to bring in players of this calibre.”

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