WHAT a nice change it was to watch an entertaining England game this week!
I quite enjoyed both games we played over the last week – it was certainly better than watching us knocking it around at the back then hoofing it long.
Hopefully we can keep playing like that.
I think Roy Hodgson is doing a good job, although it’s not really for me to say whether he is or he isn’t.
He’s got the hardest job in football, but he seems to be going about things the right way.
He’s keeping the best players from the so-called ‘golden generation’, but also bringing some quality young players through, so there’s a nice blend there.
Talking of internationals, we’ve got a couple of our own who are there or thereabouts.
Jordan Pickford and Billy Kee have played at youth level, while Adam McGurk was on standby for the Northern Ireland senior squad recently.
That was really good for him – to be that close to the full squad.
He had joked about retiring, but I had a chat with him and said if you can get yourself within touching distance, you can go one further, especially with the versatility he has.
It’s a bit different with Billy, because he’s an out-and-out striker, and he’s that bit younger.
But if he can keep moving up the Football League then he’s got a great chance of representing his country one day as well.
Speaking of Billy, I think he was a bit unlucky to be sent off last Saturday.
The first one was harsh, so early in the game, and the referee gave himself no leeway.
There was a foul leading up to the second one, but I knew what was coming as soon as it happened, because the ref hadn’t given himself any other option.
Billy has been fine in training though, sometimes it’s just one of those things that happens.
Billy’s Billy and it takes more than that to keep him down.
We’ll look forward to having him back, but it gives someone else the chance to stake a claim now.
The squad’s competitive in all areas, especially up front, and whoever comes in will have to work hard to stay in there.
We take on Chesterfield today who are top of the league, but it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we’re confident of getting a result.
It’s a chance for us to step up and show what we can really do.
Our current league position isn’t a true reflection of how we’ve played this season, as we’ve been up against it in so many games.
That’s our own doing, with the red cards we’ve had, and I’ll say it again, if we can keep 10 men on the pitch we have a great chance.
People might be looking at us and think ‘oh, Burton have had another player sent off’, but we’re not a dirty side.
We’re very competitive but far from dirty and we play the game in the right way.
If we win a couple of games everyone will be saying how well we’re doing and if we don’t, everyone will be giving us a good kicking.
But we’re playing well and I think we’ll be fine.