Dunfermline Athletic

Higgy head up for Somerset tonic

Friday, 6th Jan 2017

Derby win was topping for Kallum Higginbotham

"Over the course of the last two months the results and the performances have really picked up. Monday`s just topped it off. I thought the boys were fantastic, if we had come away four or five nil I don`t think anyone could have said anything about it, we played that well.

"That is in the past now and we have to look forward to Saturday and a massive three points again. The games in quick succession against Falkirk and Raith were two very hard games and I think we deserved six points out of those games. We came away with four but the performance definitely merited six.

"To go to Kirkcaldy and get one over on our nearest rivals gives us the opportunity to push on and stop worrying about what is below us and start looking up.

"Every time I have spoken to the press I have said that come the end of the season I truly believe that we will be in the top four. If we keep playing like we have been playing over the last few weeks then there is no reason why we shouldn`t be there.

"Anyone can beat anyone in this league. Look at Dundee United going to Dumbarton and getting turned over but we have put a run together where we are not beaten in seven. If you are not winning games then the thing to do is not lose games. We are doing that at the minute.

"We have two massive games ahead - Ayr away and St Mirren at home. If we can go out and get six points then that will put us right in the mix to get in the top four."

Kallum feels little has changed since the earlier half of the season just that the team is working a lot harder off the ball. He continued:-

"We have a great team spirit and I knew when I signed that there was spirit from last season that was going to carry over into this season. I don`t think anything has really changed, we are just getting results that our performances have merited.

"Earlier in the season we were not getting the breaks that we deserved. They say that it evens itself out in football and this might be our turn now where we get the breaks.

"There will come a stage again in the season where we are not getting the breaks but we have to stick together. With all the quality that we have in the dressing room if we keep playing like the way we have been playing then come the end of the season, I think we will be successful."

The 27 year old Lancastrian says that he is loving it at Dunfermline, probably as much as his first season (2013-14) at Patrick Thistle, and claims that he comes into East End Park every morning with a smile on his face.

"That is down to the gaffer and Sandy, I have got to give them praise. Although I have had a couple of bad seasons in and out of teams and not really enjoying my football. I have come here and I am loving every minute of it. It is a fantastic club and as I have said that is down to the gaffer and Sandy giving me the freedom to go and play every week.

"It was a massive confidence boost bringing me back in on Saturday after being out of the team through suspension. They have stuck with me and I am just loving every minute. I think that is showing on the pitch, I am contributing with goals or assists.

"That is what is important when you are playing out wide. You have to play well every game or with the likes of Joe Cardle and Michael Paton on the bench, they are ready and waiting to come in when you are not performing. I come in every single day and give 100%."

Kallum did not let his head go down after missing two penalties against Ayr United at East End Park last month. He claims that is firmly in the past and that there is no point in worrying about it.

"The perfect tonic would be to go and get the win on Saturday. Hopefully that could let some fans forget about those two penalties. I had never missed a competitive penalty and had there been a third penalty I would have stepped up and went again.

"The first penalty wasn`t the greatest but the second penalty was a fantastic save. In hindsight I should have given the ball to someone else but we tried that against Dundee United and it didn`t work. I am a confident player and every time I step up to take a penalty I think that I will score."

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