THERE was real drive, real energy and real purpose to what we were doing against Wycombe Wanderers and that’s something we now need to continue.
Obviously the result (a 2-1 victory)comes first but it was important that we played much better.
We’ve by no means cracked it, we need to continue performing in that way – with Southend United next up for us today.
We hadn’t been playing how the manager had wanted us to play, but hopefully this is now the start.
It’s not really changed much in the camp. The atmosphere is always good, the boys are always lively.
Perhaps it does give you that little bit more confidence going into the next game having got the right outcome.
On the England front there’s been a debate over overseas players playing for the national team.
I think you need to have English heritage somewhere along the line.
If for instance, you had English parents and were born in Germany then you’d have the option.
But taking players from other countries is something that is done more abroad, in Spain or South America say.
Perhaps the players have a little bit more choice.
In the UK I think it is something that we should be proud of – that we don’t hunt around to get players from overseas to represent the different nations.
With academies now you see teams taking players in from abroad from a young age.
I don’t think it’s right that someone could come in at say 16 or 17, play for an academy side and then be eligible to play for England.
I don’t think that’s right.
For me you’ve got to have some connection beyond that.
It’s a little bit different if you’ve been here from a tiny baby and have been brought up and immersed in the culture here.
The Premier League and Football Association have not helped themselves.
Our league and (Football) Association is supposedly one of the most powerful in the world.
If it was any other industry with people from overseas taking jobs there would be a national strike.
That might sound a bit extreme.
But when you see these youth teams and academy sides with a glut of foreign players, you just wonder who has been prevented from becoming potentially just as good a player.
From being a future England international perhaps.