Forward on an incredible few weeksJamie Mackie was the toast of the town on Tuesday evening after a match winning brace against Brighton, and as ever his performance on the pitch was matched by his enthusiasm off it.
The 29-year-old has had a superb few weeks, picking up the player of the month and goal of the month awards for February before being named as man of the match following a 2-1 win over the Seagulls.
“It’s been amazing! I’m loving it here. I can’t speak highly enough of the football club, loving working under the manager, really enjoying it, learning loads under him and the coaching staff,” said Mackie.
“I wish there was a game every day, I’m loving it. The win was more important than any sort of performance tonight, but it was a cracking result against a team that were in and around us, it gives us a bit of breathing space now. It’s so important to finish the season well, we’ve got 10 games to do that – we’re certainly looking up, there’s no target or aim it’s just how high we can finish.”
On another day the former Queens Park Rangers man would not have been involved at all – as he awaits the imminent birth of his third child.
“We’ve been on tenterhooks,” he said. “She was due on Saturday at the Bradford game but I couldn’t miss an FA Cup game for it. So I’ve got my phone on waiting. Hopefully the baby comes today and we can get ready for the Watford game.
“Football is so important and my wife is extremely understanding. We’re very fortunate with the job that I’ve got and the lifestyle we’ve got through it. My wife is amazing, she knows. It’s an amazing thing having a baby. I’ve already got two and they are the best thing ever to happen to me.”
Click here to read Steve Clarke's thoughts on Tuesday's win.