Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister vows to fight for place as suspension looms
Despite being captain Jamie McAllister is refusing to take his starting place for granted as both competition and suspension loom over his shoulder.
The Scottish left back has led Yeovil Town on 35 occasions so far this season but has picked up eight bookings in the process, two away from a ban.
Meanwhile, young full back Nathan Ralph is back in the match day squad after suffering knee and ankle injuries that saw him sidelined from October.
McAllister, who rejoined manager Gary Johnson at Yeovil upon his release from Bristol City in the summer, hailed Ralph’s ability and said possessing the skipper’s armband did not mean he was guaranteed to play.
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“The competition definitely helps me and Ralphy has worked really hard in the gym, he has had a couple of really bad injuries,” said McAllister.
“He’s a quality young player with great attributes and he will have a big future in the game. He’s obviously pushing me for the left back spot so I will have to keep performing or else I won’t be in the team, it’s as simple as that.
“He is a great lad, a great professional, he works his socks off and has great ability. Both him and Youngy have worked hard when they have been injured.
“We have got a squad now everybody is fit apart from Matty Dolan going back to Middlesbrough injured. Everybody is pushing each other for a starting place.
“I don’t think you can take your place for granted and even if you are captain it doesn’t mean you will start every game. You have got to keep producing performances.
“I am on eight bookings as well so I have got to keep an eye on that. I don’t want to miss any games, someone come in and do well and I can’t get back in the team.
“You have got to keep concentrating on your own performance and then the team performance after that.”
The Glovers head to fourth-placed Doncaster Rovers on Saturday with just goal difference keeping them out of the automatic promotion spots.
McAllister described the atmosphere in the dressing room as up there with the best he has experienced with a squad believing they are capable of at least reaching the play-offs.
He said: “It’s definitely up there. It’s a great bunch of lads and everybody is fighting for the same cause, wanting everybody to do well.
“We have got that belief in the squad that we are good enough and I think that showed at Coventry City and Sheffield United where the boys that maybe didn’t believe as much now believe we are good enough to be up there and are playing with confidence. The spirit in the camp is excellent.
“The gaffer is a big factor. He has brought in players that are good quality and they have the ability to do well, are winners and have the right characteristics to win games.
“We want to do well, the gaffer is good at mixing the dressing room and getting the right blend we have certainly got that there now and are showing that with results.”