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Skipper: Great to be back

15 January 2014

Josh can't wait for Wolves' visit

Skipper Josh Simpson is delighted to be back in the side after a frustrating injury lay-off.

And he is confident Reds can continue their recent league form on Saturday when promotion-chasing Wolves make their first visit to The Checkatrade.com Stadium.

The game is likely to attract the biggest ever crowd for a league game here. Wolves have sold out of their entire allocation of just under 2,000 tickets and tickets for the home areas are selling very well.

The previous League best crowd was 5,058 for last season's visit of Portsmouth but that looks likely to be beaten.

Josh was missing for five games after injuring his hamstring in the warm-up at Bristol Rovers on December 6 in John Gregory's first game in charge.

After appearing as a late sub in the 1-0 win over Notts County on December 29, he made his first start in seven last Sunday when Reds drew 2-2 at Coventry having been 2-0 down.

Josh said: "It's great to be playing again. There's nothing worse than losing your place, especially when a new Gaffer comes in and everyone has to prove to him that they are worth their place in the team.

"The timing of the injury before the Gaffer's first game could have been better! But I'm fine now and I really enjoyed last Sunday. To be fair, they are a decent side but I thought we got to grips with them in the second half and if the game had gone on for another ten minutes I could see us winning it. We finished very strongly.

"We've done well against the decent sides this season. We've beaten Orient and Peterborough and come from 2-0 down against Preston and Coventry - who would be in the top six if they didn't have a points deduction - to get a point in recent weeks.

"But to be honest there is no bigger club in this league than Wolves and we can't wait for Saturday. They will have fantastic support and that will help create a brilliant atmosphere.

"I know our fans will be out in force for this one as well and we really need them on Saturday to get behind us from the start. They have been great, especially since John came in, and the boys will definitely feed off it if there is a really good atmosphere. I remember the Reading and Portsmouth games last season when we had a big crowd in and it made such a difference to the ground.

"It should be a great occasion for the club on Saturday but for the lads the focus is on winning the game - nothing else."

Tickets are selling fast for Saturday so make sure of yours now. For more details click here.


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