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McAllister hopes to cement place

31 December 2013

Dave hoping to build on the PNE perfromance

Dave McAllister hopes he has done enough to stay in the Shrewsbury Town team at Oldham Athletic on New Year's Day.

It's been a frustrating season, admits the Irishman, but he was pleased to start against Preston North End on Sunday and is now waiting to see if he keeps his place in midfield at Boundary Park.

"I don't just want to be in there for one game to cover a place for Nicky Wroe or Aaron Wildig," said McAllister. "I want to cement a place in there and that's my aim at the moment. 

"It was nice to get a start the other day and it's up to me now to hold down a position."

McAllister and his team mates know what to expect from Oldham having lost twice to the Latics at the Greenhous Meadow earlier this season.

He said he had been impressed by what he's seen of them but hopes Lee Johnson's men may be distracted by their FA Cup third round trip to Anfield to face Liverpool this weekend.  

McAllister also understands that striker Danny Philliskirk, a former Sheffield United team mate, will play no part tomorrow owing to injury.

"Oldham might have one eye on the FA Cup," he said. "I know they're missing a few players. Danny Philliskirk, who scored a couple of goals here, is out so he'll be missing for a couple of games.

"I played with him at Sheffield United and sent him a text about the game asking him if he was in but he told me he's out. I said that's good news as he scored a few goals against us here. 

"Oldham have come here and got two wins. They're a good young side with a young manager and they play good football. They've had some decent results this season. I've been impressed with a lot of their players and how they performed against us." 

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