19-year-old Dan Gallimore has previewed Friday’s away game against Leyton Orient and reflected on his personal experiences from his debut season in the first team.

Gallimore has played seven games this season and has performed well in his debut campaign.

Coming through our youth ranks as a midfielder, but presently plying his trade as a defender, he began by reflecting on Saturday’s game against Mansfield.

He told iFollow Iron: “It was a tough game against a tough side. Obviously, they have got good players so we knew it was going to be hard. It’s never nice losing 4-0 is it? It was tough to take.”

He was then asked what he thought went wrong on the day and replied: “A few things. Individual mistakes, I didn’t think we got playing in the first half and I believe they overrun us. They had more of the ball, won more second balls and we struggled to get the ball down in the first half."

The teenager then reflected on his matches in the first team so far this term, adding: “I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a good experience. The current situation we are in makes it hard but it’s been beneficial to me.

“Leyton Orient are still fighting and so are we. No game is easy. We’ve got to go in and give 100% and fight for the win. We’re ready to give it our all on Friday."

Gallimore then reflected on all of the opportunities he has been getting of late, adding: “It has been really good, not just for me but for other young players as well. It's been really encouraging and it’s up to us to take those opportunities and not let them pass us by.

“It’s different (playing at centre-back) but I feel I’m getting slowly used to it. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s given me the chance to play more games. Football is football, as long as I’m playing I’m happy.

“It’s encouraging for us young lads. I’m grateful for all of the opportunities he’s (Keith Hill) give us. It’s up to us to take those chances."

Finally, Gallimore was asked about the Lincolnshire Cup victory over Gainsborough Trinity last week in which he was man of the match, and captain. He responded: “It was a nice bonus for us. It’ll give us some confidence because some of us may be low on confidence due to the situation we’re in. It was a nice booster for us to push on this week.”

See much more from Dan Gallimore and Keith Hill on iFollow Iron.

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