Captain's Blog - Everyone on a high

It was fantastic to come away with all the points at Craven Cottage and secure our first away win of the season against Fulham.

As I expected, the support from our fans was great and it was rewarded with a victory. I thought the game was not a comfortable one, but one in which we worked hard and always looked the more threatening, despite Fulham's huffing and puffing. The only disappointment was to concede a goal and not get a clean sheet. Also, that we didn't make the scoreline more comfortable, especially when it was eleven men against ten. We had other chances that we did not take, but that is something we will learn from for the future.

However, if you asked us at the start of the season if we would be where we are now and would we take it? The answer of course is - yes.

This weekend we welcome Bolton Wanderers. We need the support of our fans more than ever, because I really feel this is a game that if we win, it can set us up for an exciting run into Christmas. Every win from now until then, will see us remain in the top six and when you are in amongst that leading pack all year, you want to stay there. If you do drop points, hopefully you would have done enough to remain in that top pack, so you can go again. You are always in sight of the big guys and are hungry all season. It keeps everyone confident and just makes the whole club a better place to be at.

It has been another good week in training - 'Mister' introduced us to his first morning and afternoon sessions this week - something that is going to become a lot more familiar to us in our schedule. Once again, it will take time to get used to different ways of doing things but with each training session we are settling in to what is required of us and everyone is working hard.

Following the Bolton game, many of the players including myself, will be on international duty, so we wish everyone well. Hopefully everyone will then come back batteries fully charged and ready to go again when we play Hull City.

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