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Match Preview | Alan Judge

U's playmaker looking for more cup success

4 December 2021

Alan Judge returned to the starting line-up in Tuesday's game, and was instrumental in the U's victory.

The Irish international was the provider for both goals in the 2-1 win at Swindon, and was at the heart of the U's creativity at the County Ground.

He injured a calf in the defeat at Tranmere Rovers at the beginning of October, and was out of action for seven weeks, before his return off the bench in the draw against Newport County exactly seven weeks later.

He set up Freddie Sears for the late equaliser in that 1-1 draw against the Exiles, and then assisted both of Luke Chambers' headers at Swindon from pinpoint set piece deliveries.

Judge now wants an FA Cup win to go with it, with Wigan Athletic providing the opposition here at the JobServe Community Stadium on Sunday.

"I was just hoping we didn't get anyone in our league. I want to be playing against new teams, not teams we're playing twice in the league this season."

"I'd enjoy playing against teams in the National League, and always want to play against teams higher up the leagues than us."

"It's a tough test, but a test that we're really looking forward to. Wigan are right up there at the top end of League One.

"But we've got some great young players to go with the more experienced lads, and I'm confident that we can give Wigan a good run for their money."

On his return to the side, Alan talked about two particular players that are making his job easier.

He said: "It's great to be back, it was a long seven weeks - much longer than I thought it would be."

"I really believe I could have had five or six assists in the games since I got back, and hopfully, I'll get more in the games coming up.

"Having worked with Freddie, (Freddie Sears), over the past two or three years, I know his runs and only have to look up once to know how to get it to him.

"And I can usually find a bit of space , bacause Skusey, (Cole Skuse), does so much to tackle, get at the opposition, get the ball back and get it to me in space.

"People think Skusey is slow, but he isn't, he's one of the quickest at the club. Players like him sometimes don't get the credit they deserve, but I think he's getting that credit now."

Watch the full interview with Alan on the pre-match show on Col U TV at 12noon on Sunday, just before the U's look for a cup upset against the League One highflyers. 

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