Nigel: Hard Work Goes On

Nigel Winterburn says that winning three matches on the trot has put a smile on Glenn Roeder's face - but insists there is still a lot of hard work to do.

"I think he is enjoying it because a lot of people were writing him off at the start of the season, but the players had a lot of faith in what he was trying to do in training," says Nigel.

"The results might have been a little bit dicey to start with, but we battled through and I think all of us have come together and shown we are willing to work for each other.

"It is always difficult when you take over a club, and he wasn't first choice - but when you get the chance you have to try and take it, and I think he has done that.

"It is fantastic to get the three wins in a row but it is always 'difficult' when you win games to make you mathematically safe. You then have to push on to the next level and see where you finish in the league.

"The season can go a little bit dead but, to be fair, the lads are well up for the rest of the games and we want to finish in that seventh place if we can.

"I don't think Glenn has to impress it on us. It is in the players' mentality - we want to do it, we are professional people, and it is only right."

Nigel conceded a penalty against Charlton on Saturday - after being rested for the previous Monday's clash with Fulham - but insists: "I didn't think it was a penalty, but the referee gave it so we just had to get on with it. They missed it anyway, so it is okay.

"I just made a block on the guy who was going to shoot and he went over.

"I knew when he blew that he was going to give it because he had already given our one and I think there were a few Charlton players unhappy about the first one.

"Sometimes you think referees are going to even it up - and he did.

"We worked tremendously hard and we wanted to win, and it was difficult with the wind and a bobbly pitch.

"We are moving up the table nicely and it was important to keep the run going - we showed there is tremendous spirit."