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Friday, 18th Nov 2016

John Herron:- "We can`t keep saying that we`re are unlucky. It is up to us to create our own luck ....

John Herron joined Dunfermline at the very end of August this year on loan from English League Two side Blackpool. He came on as a sub against Brechin City four days later and started against St Mirren and Ayr United before sustaining an ankle injury that kept him out for over a month.

Having recovered from the nasty knock John has now played all 90 minutes in the last three Pars games.

"My ankle is feeling fine and for me the more games I play the better I am feeling. I may have taken a wee bit of time to get back to where I was but I feel good, fit and ready to play. The gaffer has asked me how I feel and I said fine, raring to go and keen to be playing games. I am playing games and enjoying it."

Despite making 20 appearances for Blackpool last season John has not played the full 90 in three consecutive games since being out on loan to Cowdenbeath the previous season.

"The gaffer said that he had a good team spirit going here and that I should come and train here. That is what I did. My attitude was good, when I came I played some 20s games to get my fitness up. When my chance came I felt as though I took it but then unfortunately I rolled my ankle.

"It is just about recovering well and getting back to where I left off. It feels as though that is what I am doing.

"Obviously it was a huge disappointment coming back home, eventually getting into the team and playing well before getting he injury. It was a set back but that`s what happens in the type of game that you are in. It is all about how you recover from them but I felt mentally strong."

Saturday`s trip to St Mirren is like a cup final continued the 22 year old midfielder.

"The next four games are really cup finals for us but we need to go out there and show the fans that we are a lot better than what results have been, people have been saying that we have been playing well.

"At the end of the day it is about getting results. It is up to us to go and push ourselves up the league. The fans have been excellent and we need to give them a couple of results."

After only achieving a poor league position, John felt for the fans:-

"You are playing for yourself, the club, the players but for the amount of fans that follow the club, you are playing for all these people as well. Obviously there is frustration because you are not giving them the wins that they are looking for. At the same you have to work hard and the luck will come."

The Pars squad is not one that the former Celtic youth feels should be contemplating a relegation battle.

"Any manager in this division would be happy given this squad. We have a squad that should not be near fighting for relegation. Since I arrived here the results have not been warranted. Our luck is going to come eventually but we can`t keep saying that our luck will come eventually.

"We have been doing well over the last couple of weeks but the only thing that we have been missing is that final touch, final pass, final shot to put the ball in the back of the net."

John considers himself to be an attacking midfielder but after 33 senior appearances he is still seeking to add to his only senior strike, an extra time goal for Blackpool against Bolton at the start of this season:-

"In the last two games against Dundee United the manager and the staff have given me the role of being the deeper midfield player. The team comes before any individual in the team, if I am asked to go and play like that, I go and play like that. That is just the way it is.

"I like to get on the ball, I like to make things happen, a wee bit of flair and I like to try things. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn`t, that`s just the way it is."

St Mirren under Jack Ross have been given the new lease of life that can come with the change of management. John thought that everyone would be out to impress him.

"You automatically, without saying that you weren`t trying as hard, you up your game to prove to the new manager. Any team we play in this league should be more wary of us than us of them because the squad we have got is very strong. The position we are in doesn`t reflect the strength of squad that we have.

"We can`t keep saying that we`re are unlucky. It is up to us to create our own luck and just now we are just not doing that. Not scoring goals, not getting in final passes and for me that is what we are missing.

"I don`t think you can say that we need to look out for A, B, C or D in any team. If we look at ourselves if we perform 100% the way we should be then any other team will be blown away by us."

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