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BIG INTERVIEW | Jermaine McGlashan speaks to 'Roots Review'

20 February 2017

Saturday's programme star cover Jermaine McGlashan on his recent good form...

Jermaine McGlashan was the feature for Saturday's matchday programme 'Roots Review' against Northampton Town.

Blues were frustrated to come away with only a point in a 2-2 draw, in which the winger put Blues ahead in the 20th minute with a confident finish.

In the interview, McGlashan opened up about his impact off the bench recently, which has forced him into the side, the competition for places and much more.

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Blues’ speedster Jermaine McGlashan has been making a huge impact off the bench in recent weeks and was rewarded with a starting spot in Tuesday’s win over Oxford United.

15 of his 28 appearances this season have been from the bench, but of course the summer recruit is eyeing up more starts.

However, McGlashan is just enjoying being a part of a group of players that is pulling in one direction; is singing off the same hymn sheet.

Speaking to Roots Review the morning after a massive win away to in-form Oxford, the winger expressed how Blues are showing the right credentials to build a serious push for promotion.

“People probably have thought after defeats, ‘will that be the bubble burst’? People ask the question,” he said.

“It shows the mentality to be able to dust ourselves off and go again.

“It’s now two defeats in 19 games and that form is promotion form.

“After the disappointment of Saturday it was good to have a Tuesday game to try and bounce back which we were able to do.

“We didn’t play particularly well if I’m honest but they’re the type of results that are the best of the season.

“To go away to Oxford on a Tuesday night and grind out the result the way we did just shows where we’re at and why I feel like we will be amongst it at the end of the season.”

On a personal front, McGlashan had the set-back against Rochdale when he was sent off, but he has similarly bounced back and shown the threat he is to opposition defences with defining substitute appearances against Scunthorpe, grabbing an assist, and Millwall, when he was harshly not awarded a penalty.

“Of course I want to be starting games,” he added. “It was hard to take because the last time I started a game I got sent off against Rochdale.

“But even coming off the bench I’ve been very happy with my contribution and that probably warranted me coming into the starting XI against Oxford with Will Atkinson’s suspension.

“Anyone that comes into the side knows they have to step up to the plate. Everyone wants to be part of what we’re doing, whether that’s from the bench or starting.

“It’s good to come in and be a part of that from the start.

“I believe the competition for places is why we’re doing so well. Everyone is pushing each other and I think it’s healthy competition.

“If you’re coming off the bench then you’ve got to be efficient because it’s about the 18 who are involved in the matchday squad, not just the 11 that start. 

“Then there are other guys behind that as well. Good players are being left out of the squad.

“Once the opportunity comes you want to keep your shirt because you know there is somebody else chomping at the bit for that spot.

“It’s a good problem for the manager to have and it’s a healthy situation.”

The vibe coming out of every player in the changing room is just how good the spirit is.

McGlashan is no different on the matter.

“The togetherness of the team is different gear at the minute and anybody that comes into the team knows they have to step up.”

“We had a good team spirit at Gillingham last season but this squad has a lot more experience of players that have done a bit more in their careers which is paying off.

“The togetherness is one of the best to be involved in. The huddle at the end of the game against Oxford shows that everyone is pulling in the same direction.”

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