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Elder focused on ending the season strongly

22 April 2022

Ahead of this weekend’s game against Reading, Callum Elder says the Tigers are focused on finishing the season strongly.

The Royals visit the MKM Stadium for City’s penultimate home game of 2021/22, and Elder is determined to repay supporters with some positive performances.

“We’ll be looking to go and win the game,” said Elder.

“We’ve worked on a few bits out on the training pitch and we’ll do more (work) looking at their style of play and how we can get at them.

“It’s a game we should be really excited about. With three games to go, we’re all looking to see how high in the table we can finish.

“It’s all about putting on some really good performances for our fans because they’ve stuck by us all season, for what’s been a very transitional time for the club and the city. We’ve been really thankful that they’ve come out in their numbers to support us and we’ll be looking to repay them.”

The 27-year-old left-back returned to the starting line-up for Easter Monday’s defeat against Millwall. Elder has faced fierce competition for a place in the side from Brandon Fleming since Shota Arveladze’s arrival in January.

“You sometimes find yourself out of the side,” explained Elder.

“I think I was injured when the new gaffer came in. Brandon came into the side and did ever so well. He’s consistently performed and it’s been great to see.

“I know he’s a good player and we get on off-the-pitch really well. He’s done ever so well in his performances. It was all about me being patient.

“I’d like to think the effort and application I’ve put into training will have pushed him to make sure he performs and vice versa.

“You want to be playing every game but if you’re not, you need to make sure that when the opportunity arises you’re ready due to the work you’ve put into training.”

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