HELLO and welcome to my first captain’s column of 2013 — I want to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous new year.
It’s been a really good Christmas period for us with two wins from three games.
I know the result against York was disappointing, but to pick up six points from a possible nine that were available is something we should look at in a really positive manner.
Our home form has been exceptional so far this season and we will try and build on that good form and try and turn some of these away defeats into victories.
We travel today to Leicester City for our FA Cup clash.
It’s an exciting competition to be in and a nice distraction from the league.
There is a always a great buzz amongst the fans on FA?Cup weekend and I look forward to seeing a great turnout to support us this afternoon.
We’ve already beaten them in one cup competition, so who’s to say lighting can’t strike twice — that’s the magic of the cup!
My injury nightmare is now thankfully almost fully behind me.
I’ve played in three full 90-minute reserve games and the gaffer has been giving me little tastes of first team action over the last two months.
I’m ready now to be called upon and can’t wait for my first start.
Christmas in the McGrath household was a hectic one.
With two excited kids it was always going to be an early Christmas morning start — but 4.15am was an hour I was not willing to get up at and see if Santa Claus had indeed visited us.
It’s a magical time of year and to see the kids’, faces opening their gifts from Father Christmas is a sight that every parent must cherish.
It’s a really busy period for us as footballers but we’re grateful to the gaffer for looking after us with some time off.
Most clubs and players I know were in on Christmas Day but the gaffer trusted in us that we would look after ourselves and prepare right and I think we proved that we did with two wins from our three games.
I want to wish Adi Yussuf a speedy recovery from his groin operation and I hope his rehab goes according to plan.
I’m looking forward to seeing him back in action as soon as possible.
Another special mention goes to jimmy Philips on his return to first team action against York.
It’s been a long, frustrating road to recovery from him and I hope that once that he is fully match fit we get to see the best of him.
Jimmy on his day is a nightmare for any defender and I’m glad he’s in our squad and not lining up against us.
I hope you all enjoyed our first half to the season and we are in a really good position to give it a really good go this season.
Let’s all stick together supporters and players because we are all aiming at the same goal and that’s success for Burton Albion Football Club.
Come on you Brewers — be loud and be proud!