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Ian Black pre Chesterfield

31 December 2015

Midfielder looking for consistancy from Town

Town midfielder Ian Black feels his side need to find consistency if they are to build on Saturdays away win at Crewe.

Black was full of praise for the energy levels him and his team mates showed on Saturday and is hoping the successful end to the year can be a good catalyst for a good start in the new one.

“I think it was well deserved for what we put into the game coming off the game two days before and considering their game was cancelled and they were fresh,” said the former Rangers player.

“I felt as if the energy levels were high and it was a well deserved three points.

“It’s good to finish the year on a high. We go into the New Year off the back of a win and we can kick on again.

“The results have been not too bad but we’ve not had enough wins, so to get a win was good in front of a good crowd as well.

“He’s (Shaun Whalley) delighted. I’m delighted for him because he works hard and he got an opportunity and he got us the three points.

“We’re just looking for that consistency coming off the back of that good performance and we just need to keep it going and believe that we can go on a run.

“Every team that finishes the year with a win wants to go on a run and hopefully that’s us.”

Town begin their New Year with a trip to struggling Chesterfield on Saturday, with the Spireites having recently hired Danny Wilson as their new manager.

And Black is expecting the custom ‘boost’ that new managers seem to bring to a club.

“A new manager always brings a spark because every player wants to impress so there’s going to be a buzz in the camp,” said Black. “It’s up to us to take the sting out of the game and hopefully dictate and control it from start to finish.

“I’m sure we’ve got enough in the squad to stop them.

“Every game is difficult but we know we’ve got enough ability in the squad to get the points that we need.

“We’re going to look at this game no different than any other one. We’re more than capable of going there and getting a result and that’s all we’re going to look for.

“We started really well on Saturday so if we can go out like that again and take the stuffing out of them and put their backs against the wall the fans might get on their back and we’ll see if they can handle it.”

With New Years resolutions being made around the world, Black, who is experiencing his first taste of English football, is hopeful that 2016 will be a successful one both for himself and the club.

“I always think positive in everything I do so I’m sure the rest of the group do as well so again, off the back of that win, the confidence is high in the camp and we’re looking forward to it,” added Black.

“I want to achieve things here and anything can happen in football. I’m enjoying my football here and working with the boys that I work with so whatever comes round the corner I’ll just have to face that challenge.

“We realise the club has just come up and you hear people talking about survival. Obviously that is an aim for us but looking at where we are in the league now I’d be confident of finishing in the top half.

“It’s a lot different (the English game). It’s more demanding and more physical but I feel that I’ve adapted to it well and I’m enjoying it.

“I’m not the biggest so in the position I play you need to look after yourself. I feel as if I have a lot to give.

“I take my hat off to him (Micky Mellon). He gave me an opportunity and I am enjoying working under him and it’s up to me to pay him back with good displays.”

Town travel to Chesterfield on Saturday 2nd January 2016, kick-off 3pm, it is now Pay on the Day so come along and support Town in 2016 - full details here


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