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29 November 2012

Manager on Saturday's game

Mark McGhee has been bolstered by some good news on the injury front going into Saturday’s game against Wycombe.

The manager could have up to five players back in contention for the game, and believes his squad are in good shape ahead of the match.

Saturday’s game will have added spice for the supporters, as the original fixture was called off back in August on health and safety grounds, but the manager says his side see it simply as a chance to get three points and move up the table.

Mark said: “The previous game won’t have a bearing on Saturday. This is just an opportunity now for us to make a little bit of progress up the table when a few others won’t be playing.

“It is three points we feel we should have had, that we are going to have to earn again. We are looking at this as an opportunity to move above them in the table and start to creep up there. 

“With the squad now getting fit we feel we are now due to start a little run, and Wycombe would be a good place to start it.

“We are probably in even better shape going into the game on Saturday that we were even on that day, and we are ready for it.

“They are in better shape because of their two wins, but I am talking about the fitness of our squad.

“We look like we might have five back that we didn’t have available at the start of the week, so hopefully that is us coming out of the injury wilderness.

“We are optimistic that we will have a strong squad available on Saturday and that we can do a good job.

“David Clarkson and Matt Lund are back, Garry Kenneth is fit – we had a bit of scare with him earlier in the week and he hasn’t trained. Tom Parkes is fit again, which borders on a miracle.”

And with players coming back, other players can go back to their natural positions, including Michael Smith, who has impressed in recent weeks.

Mark said: “If everyone is fit Michael Smith will probably not play in the centre of midfield, as I think we can use him elsewhere in a better way.

“I have enough confidence in Michael to play him in any of the roles he has played for us.

“I think he is a terrific footballer, he is a bit naïve at times, he is still learning the game as he has not played in the English that long, but we think he is a terrific prospect.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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