Alex Jakubiak has been in this movie before – and the Watford loanee is ready to take another starring role as St Mirren look to avoid the drop.
The Buddies face a huge match tonight as bottom club Hearts travel to Paisley. A win could take Jim Goodwin’s men out the drop zone and six clear of bottom, whilst a defeat could see them go level on points with the Jambos.
Jakubiak wants to do all he can to help another one of his adopted clubs beat relegation fears. He joined the club in January from Watford, a ninth loan move of his career. So far he has one goal to his name as St Mirren look to avoid the relegation play-offs they had to endure last term.
A move to Falkirk in 2018 saw him battle for Championship safety as his current team stormed their way to the title. Experiences like that will what the Hornets man will use to help guide those who haven’t been in this predicament before.
“When I was at Falkirk two years ago, we nearly went down,” said Jakubiak. “We managed to stay up quite late in the season. And I’ve had a few spells when I’ve been in the relegation zone and we managed to claw our way out of it.
“But the main thing through that is hard work and not thinking too much about what might happen and just taking it game by game. Players might not say it but I feel like you might go home and it be on your mind and it would affect you.
“You have got to do the best you can to block that out and just focus on what you can do, which is the next game. The most I can do is, when given the chance, do what I can to help the team.
“I can use that experience to maybe speak to other players, if there is someone who might be down or seem worried about the situation, just let them know that we need pull your finger out, do what we can to stay up.
“It might come to a point where we are literally fighting to stay in the league but if that’s what you have got to do, then we have to do that.”