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INTERVIEW: Sam McCallum Wycombe Wanderers Preview

The defender scored at Adams Park last season...

11 December 2020

Sam McCallum is hoping for a repeat of last season when the Sky Blues travel to Adams Park to play Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

The full-back scored a superb goal with his right foot in this fixture last season as City romped to a 4-1 win against the Chairboys thanks to a hat-trick from Matty Godden.

This weekend’s clash will be the first game City have played in front of fans since March and despite only home supporters being permitted into the ground, the defender is looking forward to playing with an atmosphere.

McCallum said: “To go there again and do the same as we did last season would be good for our confidence and if we get the three points, we’ll starting climbing the league as well.

“Day in day out you get put in situations where you have to use your weaker foot, over the past few years I’ve strengthened that, and I showed that at Wycombe last year.

“It will feel weird, but the boys are looking forward to it, it creates an atmosphere and we’ve not had that since March time, we’re just happy to play in front of any atmosphere at all.

“We did it last year at Wycombe, you could hear some of the fans turning on their own players, it’s nice to do that because you’re in the driving seat and it’s something we’re planning to do on Saturday.”

The 20-year-old has helped City go on a six-game unbeaten run in the league, keeping three clean sheets in the process, and feels the confidence has grown within the squad.

“We’ve tightened things up at the back and we’ve stopped conceding as many as we were at the beginning of the season, the six-game unbeaten run has helped our confidence and boosted the morale on the training ground, the harder you work in training the easier it is on the pitch.

“It starts from the front, we know that from set-pieces, we get the strikers back, it’s a team game so everyone has to take credit for conceding or scoring and has to take responsibility as well.”

McCallum has made 12 appearances for the Sky Blues this season and stressed the importance of getting the right recovery after each game during the hectic festive period

“Being a full-back/wing-back you have to be quite versatile, you have to be able to get forward as well as doing the defensive job, it’s been difficult, but when we fit into a formation and the manager has named the squad you just have to adapt to it.

“We’ve got a block of nine game at the moment up until Christmas and beyond that, the games are coming thick and fast and after every game you need to have the right recovery and prepare for the next one, you can’t dwell on the past game.”

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