McGrandles: There are no easy fixtures

City midfielder, Conor McGrandles, has reiterated the need for his side to remain focussed amid an upturn in recent results.

This season’s stand-in skipper recently made a return to the squad following a two-game suspension and is eager to get stuck into a run of fixtures he is expecting to be testing against sides in and around them in the table.

He said: “They are all difficult games as we have seen this season, we have struggled with the teams in and around us, so we need to be concentrated and professional in these games because we know just how hard they are. Those around us still need to pick up points so they will all be hard fixtures.

“We know the points totals we need to get for safety, but until we get that total then we won’t relax and think we’re safe. We need to look to Saturday for a win because every point is going to be priceless between now and the end of the season.”

On a personal note, Conor says he felt “frustrated” by the accumulation of bookings which ruled him out of the fixtures against Wimbledon and Rotherham, but he says he now feels refreshed and ready to kick-on for the remainder of the season.

He added: “It’s the first suspension I have ever had, I don’t know if it’s because of the role I’ve been playing this season has meant I’ve had to make more of those tackles, but it’s something I’ve got to be more aware of.

“The games this season have been so crammed in, so you can be a bit sluggish and over-used without knowing it. As much as you want to play every game, that break might have done me the world of good for the run-in.”

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