Mark Cullen on his return to Gigg Lane and looking forward
“All the lads are buzzing for Saturday; we can’t wait to get started. We want three points on the board as soon as possible, and everyone is really looking forward to Saturday. Last weekend was disappointing, but Middlesbrough are pushing for the Premiership, they are a big side and they do play good football, but we matched them for much of the game.
It was disappointing after the game and the lads were obviously hurt by the result, but we moved the ball around, we played well and we have to take the positives out of that game and take them into the Brentford game on Saturday.
The biggest positives are that we threatened Middlesbrough and we caused their defence problems. They have some good players in their side such as Jonathan Woodgate. They were a side with vast experience and for us to cause that team a problem is obviously a massive bonus.
There’s no real difference with Shirty now running the team, all the lads know him and they have taken to him and some of the different ideas that he is bringing to the team. It all positive stuff from everyone at the moment.
Brentford will be a good team, they will more than likely be pushing for the play offs or higher this season. They will be a good test for us, but if we play well and carry on with what we are working on on the training ground, then we will take the three points.
The lads have told me that pre-season has been good with a lot of hard work done, everyone is fit as fiddles and from what I have seen since coming back from Hull, it’s been of a really good standard.
The loan is just until January at the moment, but if things go well then hopefully that can be extended. I just want to play as many games as I can, get some goals along the way and help us get up the league table. Nobody has spoken about targets for the season as a club, but I am pretty sure that everyone will want to improve on last year.
I want to be involved a lot more than last year. I’ve had some flak from the lads from the moment I walked through the door, but it’s all good banter, I’m used to that – it’s part of the game. The injury is cleared up; when I finished here last year I went back to Hull and got myself around the first team and playing. The injury is well behind me now and I just want to move forward.
I don’t personally know a massive amount on Brentford, but we know that they are a good team, well organised and I am sure they will give us a good game.”
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