Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Damian Derrick on Thursday 6th March 2014 as part of the build-up to the home match against Sheffield Wednesday. Jamie starts off talking about the away match against Reading, played on the previous Saturday.
JM: It was an interesting game last week (against Reading), particularly in the last half an hour (when Yeovil had three players sent off). But the boys battled well, and hung in there, and it was a great point, especially with other results as well. So the gaffer was very pleased with the eight of us on the pitch, and that we brought home the points, so that was very pleasing.
DD: People talk a lot about battling spirit, and the atmosphere and the mood amongst players, but that's the best way to demonstrate it, when you're in that kind of a situation.
JM: Definitely, and I think we've done that very well over the last four games. We've looked very good as a group. There's camaraderie in the dressing room and we're all together on the park, and I think that shows. Like you've said, Saturday was evidence of that.
DD: Sheffield Wednesday is this Saturday. The game up there again had a little bit of controversy, with their goal and Byron (Webster) getting sent off in that match. But again it was another really good point for you guys on the road. Does that give you extra confidence for meeting them here?
JM: It does a little. They were in a bad situation a few weeks ago but they went on a good run, and they took themselves out of the bottom three and they're doing well at the moment. But so are we - we're on a little bit of a run, with four games unbeaten. We're at home and we're confident that we can go and get the three points on Saturday.
DD: As a side what threats do Sheffield Wednesday pose?
JM: They're a big strong physical team, and they're quite direct at times. So we've got to handle that. It's about us imposing our game upon them and being dominant in both boxes.
DD: You're over two thirds of the way through the season, and Yeovil are still in with a really really good chance of staying up in the Championship. What's your assessment of where you are, where you thought you might be, and how well the team has done?
JM: I think we could probably be six or seven points better off. We've had a few dodgy decisions over the course of the season. But I'm sure every team will say that. We are where we are, and it's up to us in the last fourteen games to go and get the amount of points that's needed to get us out of the bottom three. We just have to be better than three other teams. It will be a massive achievement if we do do it this year. We've got strong characters in the dressing room and a bit of experience and a bit of youth. It's a good blend. As I've said, we're all together, and we're more than confident. We've got good ability, and the belief in the dressing room that we can go and win games to keep us up.
DD: Obviously you've played in a number of different teams and you're one of the more experienced players. What is it amongst this squad that you see that makes you believe that they can do it?
JM: There's a hunger from the lads that have been with us now for a long time. They're going to do well. Even with the inexperienced boys there's a hunger from them to stay in this division, and to keep playing for as long as possible at this high level. Just throughout the dressing room, everyone has got a point to prove, I think. That's a strong attribute to have on a Saturday, when you go on there and you want to prove people wrong, and you've got a point to prove to everybody. We've got that in abundance in the dressing room. They're great characters, and we'll look forward to the game on Saturday.
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