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McAllister Looks For Victory Against Wimbledon

Gary McAllister, Coventry City FCCoventry City captain Gary McAllister is desperate to secure three points against Wimbledon on Saturday to avoid his worst nightmare – a do or die clash with his former club.

The Sky Blues face Leeds on the final day of the season and McAllister is urging his team mates to make sure they have achieved survival before that fixture.

He said:

"All the players here want to be playing Premier League football next season and it is vital that we get enough points on the board to be safe before we go into that last game against Leeds United.

"There is always going to be pressure at this stage of the season and it is going to be the teams that handle it the best that survive."

The former Scotland skipper is also aware that his side are currently thankful to their relegation rivals for keeping them out of the mire.

He said:

"We’ve been trying to get on with it by our own results and our own performances, but the fact is that other teams have been helping us by losing as well.

"It just shows you how important the Easter week was for the club when we picked up six points because that gave us a cushion and although we have not got any results since, we still have that cushion."

However, the 34-year-old midfielder has warned that Wimbledon will not be an easy prospect, especially with the return of their ailing manager.

"I see that Joe Kinnear is up and around the training ground again and he will be expecting a response from his players because of that," he commented. "It’s not a case of Wimbledon’s season being over, they will be looking for three points and we cannot expect them to lie down and die."

McAllister will step straight back into City’s midfield after sitting out the 1-0 defeat at Leicester due to a one-match suspension imposed on him for reaching five yellow cards.

Noel Whelan will also return from suspension. He was handed the ban for the Leicester game by an FA disciplinary committee because he has been yellow-carded 11 times this season.

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