Nigel: Stay Positive

Nigel Reo-Coker says the players must get back to winning ways against Crewe and put the disappointment of the defeat at Sunderland firmly behind them.

"It is about bouncing back and getting three points against Crewe; we know ourselves we were below par on Saturday so there is no point dwelling on it," he insists.

"It has happened now and it is the past - we have to look to the future."

Nigel doesn't want to use the unfortunate loss of Matthew Etherington on a stretcher after Stephen Wright's crude challenge as an excuse and he says:

"Losing Mattie had a bit of a bearing on it but at the same time we have to look at ourselves and the 11 outfield players there just didn't do it.

"It could have been heading for a draw; it was a scrappy game and no side was commanding but they got the win."

Now, he says, is the time to stand up and be counted, and he says:

"The pressure is always on this league, and there are loads of good teams in it.

"We just have to make sure we are one of the best in it.

"Football is a funny old game and the things that happen never cease to surprise me.

"We still see ourselves as favourites to go up this year and we still believe in ourselves."