Lomas Breakthrough

Glenn Roeder says it is "fantastic" to see Steve Lomas playing again.
Steve came through most of the reserves' 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the week and Glenn says:
"It is brilliant that Steve Lomas is back; he is an inspiration around the place and had some excellent moments.
"It was typical of Steve that when I asked Roger Cross to take him off after 77 minutes he wanted to stay on.
"But it was important that he didn't break down because we want him fit for the next reserve game - which he is going to be.
"He was a bit stiff from his exertions but in good health."
He is calling for the first team to show the standard of results the reserves have been getting and adds:
"It was an entertaining 2-2 draw against a very strong Spurs side and I think the boys were unfortunate not to have won.
"We want to make sure the first team perform to the levels they need to as well and get the results to start climbing the table."
Glenn is hoping Joe Cole can recover soon after getting the all-clear from two specialists in the week.
"Anyone would want a fit and healthy Joe Cole, because he would help us in the current situation," says Glenn.
"Until the pain disappears he doesn't feel he can train, or more importantly, play properly, but he has had an injection and we hope he is on his way to recovery."
Glenn, for the most part, is not going to be loaning out the young fringe players, preferring instead that they continue their development in the reserves.
"I'm trying to keep the younger lads together to form a good reserve team," he says.
"The reserve league is very strong and some games would be as good if not better than a Second or Third division game.
"I want them to stick together and get their own team spirit going; I have been pleased with them so far.
"It is important for the whole club that we get the winning mentality; obviously the first team is the most important - that goes without saying.
"The club is as good as the first team but I also look at the reserve team results, the two youth teams, and I even look out for the 15s 16s and 14s as they start to progress; and I'll pop down on a Sunday morning to see the Academy play.
"Perhaps it is not so important with the 9s 10s and 11s but I like to see the kids play when I can and when the youth cup starts, the longer they stay in that, the more chance there will be of seeing them."