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INTERVIEW: Sam McCallum Cardiff City Preview

The Sky Blues travel to the Cardiff City Stadium this weekend...

12 February 2021

Sam McCallum believes the Sky Blues can build on last weeks clean sheet against Watford as they prepare to take on Cardiff City.

McCallum admitted that playing twice a week can be challenging but there is positivity from within the City camp that they can use the Watford result as a springboard for success.

He said: “It is quite hard in the Championship and you have just got to manage your own body and I know my own limits better than anyone else.

“I know when you make a long run and you might not be able to next game, I have to stay solid and do my defensive duties and hopefully keep the clean sheet we need.

“I think we could have grabbed it and we had a few chances; it was a good clean sheet and we needed that after the loss against Nottingham Forest and we needed a clean sheet to build and we can build on that now.

“We know it is going to be a tough game and a hard game, from beating them before we can do it again and our away record isn’t great but we have got to start somewhere.”

He believes the move to return on loan for this season benefitted him and allowed him to feel more at home which means he can be more focused.

He said: “It was quite weird coming back; I knew the setup, how we played and I knew how the Gaffer wanted me to play.

“So, I could get straight into it instead of going to another club and having to settle down, and here I already knew everyone so I can focus on my football and putting in performances week in week out.

Since Ryan Giles loan ended, the Sky Blues were able to bring in Josh Reid who also plays left back, as McCallum believes there is healthy competition between the pair which will help with their development.

He said: “This is the hardest time, when Giles was here, I had a lot of competition with him and he was probably a bit better than me going forward and I was probably better on the defensive side of things.

“He is a solid defender (on Reid) but he is the competition I need to make myself a better player and himself a better player.

“You need someone you can have that competition with, that is going to push you to make that next step in your career and be a better player.”

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