Winger Lee Croft enjoyed his return to the starting 11 on Saturday and hopes to retain his spot in the side for tonight’s trip to Southend United.
Croft’s last start for the club was back in October against Scunthorpe United at SportsDirect.com Park, and the 30-year-old was delighted to be back out playing on Saturday.
He said: “After missing so much football, I thought I might be tired sooner and brought off but I was happy with the way I felt and it was good to get time on the pitch.
“The gaffer asked me to play in a more central role and I enjoyed being back out there and playing again.”
His attention quickly turned to tonight’s game with Southend United and he knows a win is vital and will go a long way to securing the club’s safety in League One.
“It’s another big game against Southend so if we can get something there then that would be great,” he commented.
"We are then back here on Saturday so we go into every game as it comes and try and win the next game in line.
"It’s good that the lads are in good form at the moment and feeling good about themselves. Hopefully we can go into this game as the lads have been over the last month or so with plenty of confidence.”
With only four games remaining in this campaign, the former Manchester City and Norwich man cited the influence of manager John Sheridan in the club’s upturn in form.
He said: “It’s just a shame that we didn’t have the form that we’ve got now under the new gaffer throughout the season because I’m sure we would have been right up there should that form have been consistent from the beginning.
"The gaffer has done brilliant since he’s been in and the lads have responded. He’s brought in some good players and that has shown in the results.”
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