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Alnwick: No better place to turn it around than a derby game

14 December 2018

On-loan goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is looking forward to the Christmas period and a chance to get a number of points on board in quick succession, starting with Saturday’s League One trip to take on local rivals Doncaster Rovers.

The Rangers shotstopper is eyeing a big result at the Keepmoat Stadium to turn around a run of three league defeats in a row.

He told iFollow Iron: “It’s going to be lively and a high-tempo game. Both teams want to win. They’re on a good run and we need a win. Every derby is a big game and we want the three points, nothing less. We’re going to be right at it from the start. We’ve started a bit slow (this season) but we need to kick on and start winning games now.

“Wherever you are in the table, Christmas is a big time with games coming thick and fast. If you can get a few points on the board around Christmas, you start to look up a little bit. We need to get the three points on Saturday and move on from there.”

The 25-year-old has made 18 appearances for the club since signing at the end of August and he’s pleased with the chance to have made so many starts up to now.

He continued: “To come here and get the games has been brilliant, and I’ve loved every second of it. I’m enjoying it, want to keep playing, keep improving, do well for the team and get them where they should be.”

With Funso Ojo, Jordan Clarke and fellow goalkeeper Matt Gilks stepping up their returns to training from injury this week, aligned with the news that Matthew Lund’s scan on a knee injury came back clear, Alnwick is hoping the corner is being turned now in terms of the recently injury problems that have affected the squad.

He said: “They’re experienced lads and to have them out there gives everyone a boost. You’re looking over your shoulder a little bit. We have Gillo back out training too so it’s nice to have them back out there. All season we’ve been struggling with different injuries at the wrong times. 

“We’ve been having to change the team around and play people out of position, but it’s nice to see lads coming back and hopefully we can get the three points at Doncaster on Saturday.
“Training has been good. We had a good session on Thursday morning where we went through a lot of things that we’ve been a bit loose in recently.

“We’re on a bad run but there’s no better place to turn it around than in a derby game. We’re all up for it and we’re all ready to go.”

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