Dan Brown sat down with Sam Togwell to talk Christmas, return from injury, and them elusive play-off spots.

For Sam Togwell, it has been a tough few weeks. The 33-year-old defensive-midfielder has experienced a lengthy period on the sidelines due to injury – but is nearly back to full fitness and looking for a run in the team.

With a busy festive fixture schedule now over, Togwell admits that it’s been a very different time of year to what he’s been used to.

“This Christmas has been different for me – I’m used to playing all throughout the Christmas period. Obviously, being injured this year has been frustrating.

“Having said that, I’m back in training now – I’ve been joining in the sessions for the last ten days or so, and ideally, I would like another week to two weeks of training before I get back into the team. This is just to improve my fitness, and to get a bit more strength back – but having seen the games recently and some of the results, I’d like to get back quicker.

“It just depends on how I get through training, to be honest.”

The former Football League stalwart has been at a number of clubs which have seen mid-season changes before – but admits that the change of manager at the Silverlake (whilst he has been injured) has had it’s desired effect on the first team.

“Obviously, it’s not nice seeing someone lose their job – and Richard Hill did really well last year in keeping the team in the league,” explains Togwell.

“I thought we had a really bright start to this season if I’m honest – the first month or so, it felt really positive.

“Injuries, loss of form and things like that have hampered us a bit this season, but with a change of manager more often than not it creates a positive reaction, and you can see from the results since the gaffer’s taken over that it has been positive so far.

“There have been three games now since the change, and there’s been a win and a couple of draws in there – it’s all been looking in the right direction so far.”

With Togwell now returning to the fringes of the first team squad, and a number of other players on the path to recovery, a late charge up the table is not outside the realms of possibility according to the man himself.

“The group of players we’ve got – the experience, and the quality we have in the changing room – there’s no reason we can’t be looking up and at the play-offs.

“For us to reach the play-offs, we are going to need a bit of luck, and to start consistently winning games though. We’ve drawn 13 games this season. That means we’ve dropped 26 potential points, and if you add that to where we are now, we wouldn’t be far from those positions.

Although we can’t change that now, all we can do is try and start winning as many games as possible between now and the end of the season, and see where that takes us.”

This interview was taken from the Guiseley issue of ‘The Spitfire’ – our match-day magazine, available at every home game for just £3.

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