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Macca | "This game is as tough as they come"

Gills midfielder hoping for a positive result against one of his former clubs.

10 September 2021

Returning midfielder hoping Gills can kick start their season at the Pirelli on Saturday.

Alex MacDonald says is looking to “grab this season by the scruff of the neck” ahead of Gillingham’s visit to the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

The midfielder, desperate to make his first Sky Bet League One start this campaign after suffering from injury and being forced to isolate, is now targeting a winning return against his former side Burton Albion.

MacDonald, speaking to local press before the clash, said: “I want to give everything for the jersey. I’m looking to really help this team push on up the league.

“I finished last season strongly and had a good run of games; I want to pick up where I left off.

“It’s a really good group this year and we have made some good additions. We are a really tight-knit group and we are ready to stride up this league table.

“We are a solid squad and are capable of getting to where we want to get to. Everyone wants success.

“The first couple of games have been frustrating; we have had a lot of injuries and players missing. That's behind us now and we look forward to Burton, one of my former clubs.”

MacDonald spent two years at the Brewers and had only positive things to say about their manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink, although he won’t lose any sleep if inflicts defeat on the former Chelsea marksman on Saturday.

He said: “I’ve worked under Jimmy and it was a big learning curve. He is a fantastic coach and a fantastic man and I wish him well, with the exception of this weekend. It’s going to be a tough away game but it’s one we are really looking forward to. We are looking to put our stamp on the game; hopefully we can come away with a positive result.

“When Jimmy came in last season they were bottom of the league and, dare I say, expecting relegation. He has done a fantastic job. This game is as tough as they come but we are going there feeling confident.”

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