YOUNG John McAliskey will be glad of a rest after helping Town collect seven points from his first three senior starts.
The 19-year-old was being spared duty with the Reserves at Walsall today (2.00) and against Barnsley at home on Wednesday (2.00) so that he is fully refreshed for the McAlpine curtain call against Mansfield on Saturday.
McAliskey admitted to being "knackered" at the final whistle after a tough 0-0 draw against Hull's rugged back four, but he's confident he can help Town win promotion with a couple more goals between now and May 8.
"The gaffer told me to enjoy the game because I've been doing well and it was a good test for me against some strong defenders," said McAliskey.
"I wish I'd have scored when Boothy put the ball back for me, especially with all those Town fans behind the goal, but I just swung my leg and didn't make a good contact.
"It would have been great if that had gone in, especially as that's the biggest and noisiest crowd I've ever played in front of in my life.
"I was a bit nervous beforehand because it was such a big game, but once I got into it I was fine and settled down."
McAliskey paid tribute to Andy Booth for his help.
"Boothy and Ronnie Jepson were my heroes when I was watching Town - and Marcus Stewart as well - and it's a bit weird to think I'm now playing alongside Boothy in the team," he said.
"He's a great player though and really helpful to all the young lads, and he's looking after me a hell of a lot at the moment."
Sodje is honoured
EFE SODJE has been honoured by the players of the Third Division.
The bandana-wearing World Cup defender was last night voted into the notional PFA Third Division representative team for this season.
The tough 31-year-old Nigerian international made his final appearance of the season in the 0-0 draw at Hull, where he threw his shirt into the Town fans.
Sodje has made 40 starts and three substitute appearances for Peter Jackson's side and the manager said: "He's had an excellent season."