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Cairns: We travel to Rochdale looking to win

20 March 2018


Cairns: We travel to Rochdale looking to win

20 March 2018

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Goalkeeper Alex Cairns believes Tuesday’s match against Rochdale is a big opportunity for his side to pick up three points.

Cairns – who kept his first clean sheet of 2018 on Saturday at Charlton – was in good spirits when he faced the media on Monday afternoon, and knows games against Dale and Northampton are key this week.

The 25-year-old knows both teams on the day will be looking to pick up all three points to get away from the relegation zone, but it's up to Town to make the most of their recent form.

"They [Rochdale] will be looking at the game the same way as us," said Cairns.

"It would be nice to get some more points on the board against them and it really is a big opportunity for us to do that.

"We are looking at it game by game and with the attitude in this squad, we need to show that we can work together and get the job done.

"It is a good place to be around at the moment and I know that we will do everything we can do get ourselves out of the relegation battle."

Cairns has played in the last three matches since John Sheridan took charge and was pleased with Town’s performance at the weekend, and also the first clean-sheet since December.

He added: "We've been working hard in the last couple of weeks.

"I think that the lads have shown that they are defensively solid and that was visible at the weekend and that solidity got us a vital point at Charlton.

"To go away to a club like Charlton, who are obviously a massive club, to get a clean sheet and a point on the board was great for the team. 

"We've been working towards it the last couple of weeks, I think the lads have shown they are defensively solid and the defensive solidity proved to be very vital at the weekend.

"Last season was amazing but we had to look at this season, and for me personally and as a team, we've not been good enough.

"We want to put that right and hopefully now we can turn a corner and look forward to getting some points on the board."

The young goalkeeper is only competing in his second full season as a first team player, and told the club that he feels he has grown more in the last year than ever before.

"I think I've definitely grown as a person," said Cairns.

"I was very fortunate last year, and we had such a good run in the league, however this year I've had to become a man quicker than I ever have done before."

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