WE’VE Accrington Stanley tomorrow and you always know what you’re going to get with an Accrington side.
They are honest and hard working. They had picked up a few decent results before tailing off a bit recently.
It will be a real examination. The lads will have to stand up to the physical test that’s in front of them.
We want to win every game and pick up as many points as we can.
We only collected one from the games against Bristol Rovers and Torquay United. That’s disappointing.
But equally, we’ve a side young that bounces back quickly and doesn’t get too down.
You move on to the next game. The perceived lack of goals from Burton Albion has been brought up as an issue.
It’s something as a player that’s difficult to put your finger on as to why.
The players definitely have the ability.
Teams are setting themselves up determined not to concede against us.
Teams are working really hard in front of a solid back four and showing us a lot of respect.
It’s perhaps a measure of how well we did last season that teams are setting up differently.
Hopefully someone will give it a real go, get a goal and then that player can go on a bit of a run that carries through to the end of the season.
It’s not through a lack of trying, or the goal-scoring drills we run through in training.
But sometimes people think we are going to walk over teams which perhaps we’ve not done so much.
Expectations have risen. But look at where we are in the league.
Look at the other teams in the play-offs. We are probably the smallest with the smallest budget – so we’re not doing badly.
One player not now at the club is Zander Diamond after his loan move.
He wanted to play games and has got himself a good little move to Northampton.
Zander has had two wins from two since his move there.
They will see him as a really good acquisition.
Like every footballer you get frustrated at not playing games.
It was disappointing for me after the Rochdale game. It was a good away result and we probably could have got a win.
I thought I might start the next but that wasn’t to be.
That’s the manager’s decision. We had a little chat but that’s between the gaffer and me.
Hopefully I’ll get more games.
We’ve also seen the England squad for next week’s friendly against Denmark.
There’s no real surprises. If Andy Carroll was playing consistently you’d expect him to be in.
Adam Johnson can probably count himself unlucky not to be in the squad following some of his performances.
There’s five Manchester United players in there. They’re a team obviously low on confidence – it will probably do them good to be away from Old Trafford and in the England set-up.