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3 February 2014

Boss speaks at length

Manager Nigel Adkins spoke at length in the wake of an impressive 3-0 win away at Millwall this past weekend, discussing our recent form, Pogrebnyak, Taylor, Guthrie, deadline day, goalscoring and much more.

Hard work has been the key. It's simple, we've got good players working extremely hard for each other.

We had been playing some good football early in the season, but after the Brighton game in the FA Cup I had a couple of days to myself to sit down and say 'right, let's see where we go.' Then we had a meeting, great credit to the players, they are working so hard it's unbelievable.

If you want to achieve something, you've got to win at places like Millwall. On a heavy pitch they put in a real shift, the supporters were great and got right behind us.

We knew the mentality had to be right, and it was bang on. We scored some good goals and should have had a penalty in the first half for a foul on Pav, I saw the incident back on the video. The performance was hard-working and it's three points at a difficult place.

There's lots of games to go, in March and April there's a match every three days, so you need the biggest squad possible.

We've had players injured so it's been nice to have a consistent team selection. We had a lot of disruption, at times we had up to ten players out, so it's great credit to the squad, they're working hard for each other and we're enjoying it. And we've still got players to come back for the run-in.

We always talked about staying in the race. Great credit to Leicester in terms of top spot and where they've put themselves, we've just got to keep chipping away.

We've got goals all over the pitch, Pearcey and Danny scored on Saturday, we're a massive threat from set plays. And it was great to see Pearcey's reaction!

We know that any balls coming into the box, Alex is going to go and get them. And our defenders will defend, the back four looks solid. Jordan at left back has been absolutely outstanding, he's revelling in that position.

Pavel has been top drawer since the last transfer window shut. There'd been a lot of speculation about him, he works so hard every day in training and for the team, epitomising the way the team is working. Him and Alfie have been working their socks off, doing the relentless role. Alfie is dropping in ever so well on a midfielder, when teams have three in the middle then a forward has to do it and he's added to his game, it's been fantastic. They look a massive threat.

We've got pace on the break, sometimes it suits us to sit there and defend it. With Jobi and Jordan on one side and Garath and Gunts on the other side, we've got a lot of flair, which is really good. I was asked by the press about Royston after the game on Saturday, and him wanting to play, which is good, you just have to look at Jobi and Garath, they've been outstanding. The players are up for the challenge and we're looking forward to it. Let's keep enjoying it.

We have the privilege of seeing the players train every day. Jake Taylor works so, so hard, and he's such a talented football player. It was great to get more than an hour and great for his development to play in what was a proper Championship game. We could all see how hard he worked in the game, so experienced players surrounded him after the game, which is great.

Danny Guthrie is a top, top player who I really rate, and we'll be glad when he's fully fit and raring to go, to add to the group. All being well he'll have a full week of training this week. I want us to pass the ball, and in this division Danny is as good as anybody.

It's a shame Hope went off on Saturday, he's been doing ever so well but hopefully it's not too bad. Credit to him for trying to run it off.

We've had Morrison, Bridge, Guthrie and [out of contract] Baird join in the first part of the warm-up which is really pleasing. We've dipped them in and out and they're on course, working extremely hard but you don't want to force the issue and see them break down. They're on track.

On deadline day I said I was going to go to bed early, and I did! We stayed in a lovely hotel but they didn't have Sky Sports so I was asleep!

We haven't brought anybody in, but importantly for us we haven't lost anybody either. That's a good thing. We've got a unity, and we're winning games and scoring goals. I'm delighted that we've got a group of players all working hard for each other.

It's Sheff Wed this weekend, let's see if we can get a good few into the stadium, and we owe them one because they beat us up at their place when we had good attacking play but didn't score the goals.

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