Steve: Back Soon

Steve Lomas is confident that he will be back in action soon.

Steve, who has missed some of pre-season and the first two games of the campaign proper with an ankle injury, says:

"Hopefully in another week or two I will be back playing, but I think the lads have done very well without me, so we will have to wait and see if I can get back in the team.

"To go to Sweden where the pitches weren't a great standard - there was a bit of concern there - and get through all that only to come back and do it back at Chadwell Heath needled me a little bit.

"But it is not bad, just a little niggle, and hopefully we can get part of a reserve game next week and put myself up hopefully for selection after that."

As Steve says, however, there is competition in midfield after a good start and he is full of praise for the performance of his young protege Nigel Reo-Coker on Tuesday evening.

"I thought Nigel had his best game for us the other night - he played very well and hopefully that is a sign of things to come."

He also liked the look of Luke Chadwick on his debut and adds:

"It is always good for a new player to come on for the first time, and to set a goal up is good for Luke - hopefully there will be more to come from him as well."

Of the first two games overall, he adds:

"It has been a very good start although the lads will be a bit disappointed with Dublin getting sent off so early for Leicester that we didn't win it.

"Obviously the Reading game could have gone either way but fortunately we got the goal and the three points, which is good for confidence.

"It was essential to get that first win for that reason; this league is going to be like last year with everybody beating everybody and if you can get a run of wins, especially at home, teams will start coming to Upton Park on the back foot before they have even kicked off - especially if our crowd is behind us.

"Our fans are a big advantage and teams don't like coming to Upton Park if we are turning sides over and on a high. "Equally, if we are not doing so well, the crowd get a bit edgy and it helps the other team.

"We have got Wigan this Sunday and if we can win that then it obviously puts the crowd on a high but it is Catch-22; you want the crowd to get behind you but you have got to give them something to shout about."

Steve reckons Wigan will present another tough test and adds:

"They have added a bit more experience with Per Frandsen and Emerson Thome; they have Nathan Ellington and Jason Roberts up front who are quite strong, and it is going to be a tough game.

"By all accounts they destroyed Millwall the other night so it is going to be very tough."