TODAY we face AFC Wimbledon, which will be as difficult a game as you get away from home.
I know (Dons assistant manager) Neil Cox well, I played with him at Crewe and we’re still in touch.
He and Neal Ardley are doing a really good job and I’m pleased for him.
I’ve not spoken to him this week, but I’ll probably give him a text this morning.
We generally just talk about our lives rather than football.
Chris Hussey used to play down at Wimbledon, and he’ll know one or two of them, but players don’t tend to talk about their old teams.
Training has been good, but hard work.
The manager’s gone over what he expects of us.
On Wednesday we had a team-building session go-karting, which was a great laugh and good for us.
Sometimes training can be tougher after a defeat, but it depends on the manner of the defeat.
The gaffer has told us how he wants us to play – getting back to what we were doing last season.
He doesn’t like to chop and change his team too much, he’s just trying to find the right balance at the moment.
Whatever team he picks will be champing at the bit.
Unfortunately, we lost back-to-back games for the first time in more than a year after losing to Portsmouth last Saturday.
I don’t think either team was particularly good and a draw would probably have been a fair result.
For their second goal there was a foul on Damien (McCrory) – there’s not a lot else to say about that one – you go by the rule book.
I don’t know how much of a difference it made, but it was a foul.
We’ve not had a midweek game, and I quite like watching the Champions League, especially Manchester United, so I watched them and Real Madrid this week.
I thought United were pretty comfortable in their win. I look forward to the Champions League, it’s probably my favourite competition as you get to see the best players in the world.
People talk about English teams getting left behind because we didn’t make the semi-finals last season, but Manchester United have been to semi-finals and finals recently, as have Chelsea, and they’ve both won it.
I don’t see anyone else, apart from maybe Madrid and Barcelona, being as dominant as the Premier League.
I think people are getting carried away, and I’m expecting our clubs to do well this season.
I spoke the other week about how well our academy is doing, and coming from Crewe, I know what I’m talking about!
Crewe Alexandra have got an incredible academy and I saw some great players come through there like (ex-England striker) Dean Ashton and (Wales and Sunderland midfielder) David Vaughan.
David is godfather to my son, as is another excellent Crewe graduate, Luke Murphy, so I stay in touch with them.
But I don’t pester them too much about football.
I also played with Nick Powell in my second spell at Crewe, whose gone on to sign for Manchester United and is now on loan at Wigan.
I don’t think he made the wrong decision going to United, absolutely not.
Last year he had one or two injuries but he scored at Old Trafford and played in the Champions Leaue, and how many other people are going to get to do that?
He’s still really young and he’s a top quality player who I think will play for England one day.
They’re all good lads, brought up the right way, which I can see in the lads coming through at Burton.
They are playing football in the right way as well, and to bring two or three players through as they have done this season is a fantastic achievement.
Crewe have always done that, and look to their academy when they need players.
It will reap rewards for us in the long run.