Chris Learning

Chris Cohen expects to make way for Rufus Brevett at left back on Sunday - but feels the game against Reading was a good learning curve for him.

Rufus is available after a one match ban and Chris says:

"I thought I started okay but didn't have the best of games at the end of the first half, when I got bogged down a bit, and a couple of things didn't go for me."

"Instead of playing my normal game, I tried to go a bit too negative, which the manager spoke to me about, and in the second half I was a bit better.

"It was never going to be an easy game against them, because of the standard of their team and the pace that they go at, but I thought we defended with our lives and got a lot of good blocks.

"To start with we were okay but then they got at us and switched the play - but in the second half they were a lot quieter down their right.

"That is the first time I have played left back for the team and obviously they are one of the better sides in the division; it was not like playing one of the lesser sides that you would expect to beat, when you have a lot more freedom.

"It was a really good experience, and hopefully I can progress from that, but obviously Rufus is available again and I wouldn't be surprised if I was back on the bench.

"Every bit of first team football that I get adds to my experience, and it was really good to get my first full 90 minutes.

"I was just glad that the manager had faith in me, and I hope I proved worthy of that on Tuesday.

"Clean sheets are really important and we got two in two games which is really important - and we created lots of chances.

"Pre-season is about building up to that first week and we have got an away draw and a home win so hopefully we can take it from there."

Chris was impressed with the contribution of debutant Luke Chadwick, who had an almost immediate impact on the game when he supplied Teddy Sheringham for the decisive winner, and he says:

"Luke was really positive and he set up the goal with a great bit of skill and a good cross.

"Now we can go into the Wigan game with a lot of confidence, and it is good to take points off the big contenders - you need to do that, even at the early stage of the season, to stop these sides getting points off you; we have to go out on Sunday with the same team ethic."

Alan Pardew says of Chris' performance:

"That is the first downturn Chris has suffered - but it has been Roy of the Rovers stuff for him and he will have learnt from that lesson."