PAUL DICKOV COLUMN: Winning run is a credit to the whole squad

Richie Wellens celebrates his winner against Crewe. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Richie Wellens celebrates his winner against Crewe. Photo: Steve Uttley.
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It is a massive compliment to the squad that we have had three excellent wins on the bounce without some key players.

Tuesday night’s win over Crewe was pleasing for several reasons. The lads stayed patient, kept creating chances and kept trying to do the right things.

From a manager’s point of view the goal at the end sort of summed us up in the second half - we kept passing, passing with a tempo, and it was a great finish from Richie Wellens.

It was the sort of game we probably would have ended up losing earlier in the season.

But the difference at the moment is the belief within the group, and the belief I’ve shown in my players.

It’s important to stress that earlier on in the season, when we had a couple of injuries, the team was picking itself most weeks.

But more recently we’ve had Uche Ikpeazu out, Luke McCullough out and James Coppinger missing, who is a massive influence in the team and other players have come in and they have been brilliant.

For Jamie McCombe to come in and play the way he has done for the last three or four games after being out of the side is fantastic. I think he’s been outstanding.

Kyle Bennett has been out of the team but he’s come back in and he’s making an impact.

Curtis Main came on last week at Crawley and scored, he came on Saturday and set up a goal, and he came on against Crewe and added a real enthusiasm to the front line.

Big Uche’s came back in and played his part too.

Everybody is contributing at the minute and I think that’s a big factor in what we’ve managed to do recently.

I was asked on Tuesday night whether I the key now is to keep a settled side or try and keep people fresh, and maybe make the odd change here and there.

But when you’re playing like we’re playing, and winning games, you’re feeling fresh anyway.

When you’ve got competition for places as well it makes you feel a little bit fresher on top of that. I think we’re seeing that at the minute.

Having climbed into the top six the challenge for us all now is to stay in there. It counts for nothing being in there in February.

The most pleasing thing from my point of view is the confidence, togetherness and belief that the group are showing. They really are a joy to work with.