JG looks ahead to Tuesday's game at Brentford
Boss John Gregory fully expects a positive response to a run of poor results when we take on Brentford in SkyBet League One at Griffin Park tonight.
A game against the side in second in the table with 15 wins out of their last 16 home matches is hardly what Reds could have done with having lost their last five in a row.
Or so you would have thought.
However, JG believes the team will be inspired by taking one a side heading for a return to the Championship.
He said: “The boys had a chat about Saturday’s game (2-1 defeat to Crewe) in the aftermath and I think they felt a lot better amongst themselves afterwards.
“We have moved on and I have to say that they were brilliant in training on Monday, really buzzing.
“They know it’s going to be difficult at Brentford – I think only Wolves have won there recently – but they are looking forward to it. No one will expect much from us going into the game but the players certainly don’t feel like that.
“I don’t know what it is but all season, and even before I came to the club, we have done well against the good sides. We’ve beaten Wolves and Orient, taken points off Rotherham and Preston and done the double over Peterborough.
“Equally, the boys are well aware that we need to start getting a few points on the board. They realise that we have to stop this bad run as soon as possible hopefully starting on Tuesday.
“It’s odd because apart from the first half against Oldham and on Saturday I don’t think we have played that badly since we beat Wolves. With a bit of luck we would have picked up something from each of the last five. We should certainly have not lost on Saturday. We are due a bit of good fortune perhaps, but we can’t rely on that. The players have to stand up and be counted for themselves, the club and the fans who will travel up on Tuesday.”
JG hopes to have top scorer Matt Tubbs and midfielders Dannie Bulman back.
“That’s three of our key players coming into contention,” he added. “We need to be diligent on Tuesday and win our individual battles and when the chances come we need to take them.
"It will take a special performance to beat Brentford but we are capable of it – I know that and so do the players.”