Lee hoping for another great day
ALAN Lee has happy memories of Glanford Park having gained promotion with Burnley the last time he went there.And the 29-year-old Ipswich Town striker is relishing going back to Scunthorpe on Saturday as the Tractor Boys look to gain three points to motor further up the Coca-Cola Championship.
ALAN Lee has happy memories of Glanford Park having gained promotion with Burnley the last time he went there.
And the 29-year-old Ipswich Town striker is relishing going back to Scunthorpe on Saturday as the Tractor Boys look to gain three points to motor further up the Coca-Cola Championship.
Former Republic of Ireland international Lee insists that he is feeling at the peak of his fitness, and that along with Pablo Counago he can help overcome the loss of injured 12-goal Jonathan Walters and new loan signing Shefki Kuqi.
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“I've got happy memories of Scunthorpe,” said the 11-goal marksman, whose link-up play with Counago is more fluent now than at any previous time this season.
“We achieved a result that saw us confirm promotion - and it was a great day,
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“It's a nice little club and ground.”
Lee was an unused substitute when Burnley beat Scunthorpe 2-1 on May 6, 2000 to gain promotion to Nationwide League Division One. Burnley finished runners-up with 88 points - seven behind champions Preston.
Lee says that he currently feels no extra pressure being regarded as the main target man - with goals vital if the Blues are to gain enough points in their final eight games to secure a play-off place.
“I wouldn't say I feel extra pressure because I'm the senior striker,” added Lee.
“It's more expectation but I like it that way.
“I welcome the fact people look to me for goals, or to be involved in goals, and hopefully I've filled that role in recent weeks.
“I scored against Sheffield United and been involved in a couple of assists.
“I can't think of one centre forward who's banging in goals left, right and centre.
“That's the way of the division at the moment - everything's tightening up.”
Lee sees last Saturday's 2-0 win over Charlton as a springboard to move further up the table.
“Those three points gave us a lift, and no team is having a winning streak.
“I think it may stay that way until the end of the season.
“On a personal note, I feel as good and sharp as I have done for ages. I haven't got any aches or pains.”
Alan Quinn, who has got over his ankle problem and was one of the stars of the win over Charlton, has not so fond memories of Glanford Park.
The 26-year-old said: “I played there earlier in the season with Sheffield United and we lost 3-2.
“It's a tough place to play football and they play to their strengths.
“Scunthorpe are fighting for their lives and we've got to make sure we don't let them bully us.”