Charlie Lee is feeling optimistic about keeping the clubs recent run of form going after 16 points out of a possible 18 has pushed Boro into the play-off spots. It marks an eye-catching turnaround in results as just over a month ago the club were nine points away from 7th, in 15th place.
“We had a slow start but I think we’re doing really well now and looking strong as a team.
“We’ve only got two injuries at the minute (Jon Ashton & Harry Worley) so that’s making it a lot easier on everyone, we’ve got people fighting for places and I think if we keep everyone fit, that’ll be key and we should be able to continue to do well.”
Lee has been one of the stand-out performers this season; seven goals and six assists means he’s leading the team in both categories. The attacking role that he's played for Boro this season may come of a suprise to Gillingham and Peterborough fans who were more used to seeing him in defensive positions.
“I’ve played there a few times in my career but not regularly like I am doing at the moment and I’m enjoying it, probably should have been doing it more often!"
Lee’s relishing the role and he thinks it’s now his strongest position.
“Yeah I’m enjoying it, definitely. I’ve played in the back four a lot in my career so it’s nice to be up front now and hopefully I can keep scoring and creating goals for the team.
“I’d say it probably is (his strongest position), I think it suits the team better when I’m high up the pitch and I think as I get more used to the position I’ll probably get better at it.
“The gaffer likes me up there and thinks I can get assists and goals and it seems to be working so it’s been a good move for me.”
The development of younger players in the team; Dean Parrett, Tom Pett and Adam Marriott in particular has had a huge impact on recent results and their understanding on the pitch alongside Lee has been striking.
“They’re good youngsters to be honest, we saw it all in pre-season that they’re going to have a big effect on us this year, we’ve got some good young players and if we can keep them fit they’ll just do better and better I think.”
A fans favourite, when asked about the brilliant support he receives each week he says it only drives him on to do better.
“Yeah, it’s always nice; it makes you buzz on the pitch when they’re singing your name so the more support I get from the fans the better it is!”
Next up is a tough away game at Shrewsbury. The Shrews have won 11 and drawn two out of their 13 home games but Lee has set his sights on three points.
“We’ve got to go there and break their unbeaten record at home.”
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