I’M WRITING this week still in a little bit of a state of shock after hearing that Nigel Clough had been sacked at Derby over the weekend.
I played under him in my first spell at Burton, and then he brought me back for a second time – and I’ve always spoken to him when I’ve played against his teams.
He’s a really good guy and someone the players respect.
I think he’ll bounce back and still do well in management.
The players here now didn’t play under him, but there’s still a lot of the same backroom staff and other people around the club, and obviously the gaffer knows him.
But all the lads are in a little bit of shock, and I’m not sure what the board want up there.
He’s had his money chopped but still done a fantastic job and kept the club competitive.
He’s cleaned up everyone else’s mess and has now left a clean slate for Steve McClaren.
We’ve had a good week in training after ending our run of defeats, but not really any different from when we were losing.
You can’t get too down after a defeat because there’s always another game around the corner.
We knew what we had been lacking and we’ve put that right.
We got a draw against Scunthorpe, but without question we deserved the win.
But we switched off for five minutes and were punished.
It was plain to see we were the better team, with Billy Kee linking up well with Michael Symes, and Chris Hussey getting plenty of the ball.
Chris has been one of our better players this season, so it was good to have him back in the side.
And without being disrespectful to our other strikers, I think everyone at the club would agree that we’ve missed Billy.
He can do the lot, but the main this is how physical he is.
You ask the defenders who they least like playing against, and it’s Billy – he’s a really fantastic player.
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff came in and did fine, he slotted in there nicely.
He’s a good experienced pro and he can only improve as he gets more games.
We’ve got more players coming back from injury and suspension, and that strength in depth can only help us at the club.
At the moment, the lads have got the shirts, but it’s up to us to keep them and up to the lads coming in to try and take them off us.
One player I’m looking forward to seeing back in the Brewers team is Jimmy Phillips.
He’s one of the most naturally gifted players in the squad.
We travel to Wycombe on Saturday (tomorrow), which will be a difficult place to go.
They are a pretty similar side to ourselves.
We lost 3-0 there last year, so we’ve got to look back on that performance and learn from it.