Dean targeting Trinity double

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JAMES Dean’s powerful header put Town in the play-off places - now he wants the team to stay there.

The talismanic striker powered home the only goal of the game from a Tom Baker cross against Gainsborough Trinity on Boxing Day.

And he is looking for a quick fire double over the Lincolnshire side who visit the Shay in the second part of a Festive double header on New Year’s Day.

“Before the Boxing Day game we were in a good position and we knew if we won we would go ahead of them,” he said.

“Now we need to stay in the play-offs and we definitely need to beat them again on New Year’s Day.

“They know the kind of system we play but we know what they are about as well.

“They made a couple of changes in the last 15 or 20 minutes when they put the wingers on.

“At the end of the day we have a squad that can adapt to playing against any team that comes to the Shay.”

The Boxing Day victory was Town’s fourth in a row in the Blue Square Bet North, during which they have scored an impressive 12 goals and conceded just two.

And Dean puts the current impressive run down to the hard work of the players.

“The momentum is with us after the last four games,” he said.

“The key has been the workrate of each individual on the pitch and you can see everyone is doing their job.

“If we work hard for each other I can’t see us losing.”

Dean’s goal was his first since he signed off before a six-match ban with a double at Gloucester City back in early November.

Since his return to the side after the best part of a a month on the sidelines he has been playing in an unfamiliar role wide on the right of a three-man attack.

“I have been playing a bit out of position in the last few games, wide on the right and dropping back to try to defend,” he said.

“Sometimes I feel a little bit lost, but the Gaffer has told me to work hard, defend when I have to and get forward as much as I can.

“When the ball came over, I was in the right place at the right time and when it went in it felt like the world had lifted off my shoulders.

“There was a big sigh of relief especially coming as late as it did.”

LEEDS have recalled defender Alex Bruce early from his loan spell at Huddersfield.

Fellow defender Tom Lees is doubtful for tomorrow’s game at Barnsley after a clash of heads in the Boxing Day defeat at Derby and Bruce will boost manager Simon Grayson’s options ahead of two games in three days.