Skuse looking for a ‘buzz’ around Town
Town midfielder Cole Skuse is looking forward to Saturdays game against Sunderland, especially on the back of the Burton win last weekend.
Skuse believes momentum and confidence are two things which Town are focusing on come 3pm on Saturday afternoon, and the fans can help with that.
“I can imagine what the buzz will be like if we can beat Sunderland. It doesn’t take long, if you string a few wins together, to build confidence and a sense of ‘We can’t be beaten’.
“But we’re a big scalp with a big target on our backs for all the other teams in this division. People can’t wait to shoot at us and knock us down.
“We’re going to be getting more than 20,000 people through the gate on Saturday for our first home game at this level and that’s a bit of a marker. We need to make sure they are all coming back for the next one as well.
“I know Sunderland are also big in this league. Our week building up to a game is built around working on our own game and looking at that of our opponents.
“Our mindset at the minute is to do everything within our control to win each game. We understand how big Sunderland are and they’ve had a year longer in this league, so their players have a bit more experience of what it’s like.
“But that doesn’t worry us and we’ll be out to put down a marker to the rest of the league. We’re not here to take it easy and if we can beat Sunderland on Saturday that would be sending a big message out to all the teams in this league.”
Last weekend Skuse finished the game at centre-back with James Wilson leaving the field with cramp. When asked if playing in the back four is alien to him, Skuse replied: “It has been discussed and I’m very open-minded,” he explained. “If I’m asked to play there, or at right-back, I’m not one to say I’m not going to do it.
“I don’t have the right to do that and I’d be more than willing. I believe it’s something I could do.
“I moved alongside Luke Woolfenden last week when James Wilson was suffering from cramp in the closing stages at Burton last week.
“Willo hadn’t played a competitive game for a while but he did well for the 80 minutes or so he was on the pitch. The gaffer just said to fill in for him and see out the game. It worked well.
“I’ve played at the back before, more so in my time at Bristol City, and I’ve even had a broken nose to show for it.
“It came out of the blue when I played there at Bramall Lane last season but I enjoyed it just the same.”