I FOUND out this week that I am classed as one of the old players at Burton Albion after I was rested for Tuesday night’s cup game at Notts County!
We are a young team, so I don’t mind that too much, and the lads who played did well.
I didn’t go to the game, but I listened to it on the radio and it sounds as though we were unlucky to go out.
The lads weren’t too disappointed after the game as they knew they’d tried hard and competed well against a team from the division above.
It was a chance to play against players from higher up the league, like in the League Cup, which I was talking about last week.
Our aim for this season is promotion, so it’s good to test ourselves against teams from that level, and I think we showed we can compete.
The players the gaffer has attracted to the club are good enough and we’ll be ready if and when the time comes.
Let’s not get carried away though, we don’t know what the future holds yet.
I think there were only about 1,000 of their fans there, which was a bit disappointing.
I thought there’d have been a few more with it being a local derby, and I think there were attempts to drum up more support.
But I don’t know what is going on at Notts – they seem to be in trouble every other week and they’re not doing very well in the league.
But it was good that our fans travelled in their numbers, and I’m sure they were in good voice, knowing them!
People could treat it with a bit more respect, because you look at my old club Crewe, who got a great day out at Wembley last season.
There seemed to be a lot of free kicks given away by Notts on Tuesday, although I don’t know what they were all for.
I’m pleased that we’re not a dirty team, we try to play the game.
Looking back a bit further, I played last Saturday, when we snatched a late winner at Accrington Stanley. I thought we played quite well and we were a bit tough on ourselves after the game.
The gaffer said we need to play better than that, which is true, but I didn’t think it was that bad, and it was certainly a good result.
Last season, maybe we would have lost a game like that, like with the games against Cheltenham and Bury, when we came from 2-0 down, so it shows the spirit we have in the team now.
Adam Reed came into midfield alongside me and he had a good game, I thought.
He’s moved down here this summer and is still adjusting to a new life, so I was pleased for him, and he got the goal as well.
However, it was tough on Robbie Weir not to have played, and I think he was unlucky to miss out, because that could have been any of us. But that’s the gaffer’s decision to make.
Today we face Oxford United which is already a top-of-the-table clash. It will be another real test of where we are, but we’re confident we can get a result.
I don’t think it’s going to be a game with many chances in it, and I just hope you guys in the crowd can be patient with us.
You’ve been great so far, I just hope you don’t expect the goals to always be flying in every weekend.
Today is a big game against a team who are also unbeaten, and we hope the attendance will match the occasion.
The fans are great, and I hope you continue to back us.