We end what has been yet another ‘eventful’ week with a big home game today against the league leaders, Rotherham United.

It would be a test for us with a full squad, but we know we won’t have that available this afternoon.

If we’re going to carry on our excellent home form and win the game then we’re going to need everyone involved, and I include the fans, to be at their very best.

Sometimes when you’re facing a massive challenge you just have to laugh at the situation and come out fighting.

We maybe took it to extremes last Saturday where we were almost willing the game to go ahead at Wigan, even without a goalkeeper!

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That was just a matter of not having enough time and over the next couple of days we weighed up plenty of options, brought in Connal Trueman from Birmingham City, and prepared properly for the midweek game against Fleetwood.

I thought the character of the club really shone beneath the floodlights on Tuesday.

I’ve looked back at the stats for the game and the distances those players covered were phenomenal.

We usually play a midfield three and on Tuesday they covered more ground than any match this season.

That sort of commitment was exactly what we needed and you saw players accept responsibility.

Sam Long and Luke McNally were exceptional as our centre-halves, with Jamie Hanson and Steve Seddon also superb at full-back.

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Now we’re going to have to do the same things all over again.

We had a recovery day on Wednesday then a light session on Thursday; when you only have the bare bones of a squad available you have to tread carefully.

Yesterday was all about shape and making sure we’re set up correctly.

Then today we’ll report at 1.30 and will need the fans to get behind us right from the first whistle.

Look at the league table and Rotherham, Wycombe and Sheffield Wednesday, the three teams that came down, are all near the top.

Paul Warne has kept the bulk of his squad, I’ve seen them play and know how good they are.

We’re up against it, but we all loved the game on Tuesday and can’t wait for today as well.

If you’re coming along then be part of it and make plenty of noise.

I mentioned Connal Trueman already and he has been great since he joined us.

Lee Bowyer, the Birmingham manager, gave me a glowing character reference for him.

He said Connal would fit in straight away off the field and that has certainly been the case.

But from having no goalkeeper a week ago, we’re soon going to have our full quota again.

Simon Eastwood is self-isolating for another couple of days, but Jack Stevens trained on Thursday and we hope won’t be too far away either.

But I want to ask people to be patient with that one.

Jack was pretty ill with a debilitating illness and we have to make sure he’s absolutely right before he plays again.

As the last two years have shown, your health takes priority and we’re not setting any sort of timescale on Jack’s return.