Highlights in the League Cup: “There have been some highlights. I was fortunate enough to get to a final quite some time ago, which was a very exciting game against Liverpool, where we lost out in the final few minutes of the game. I also had an involvement as a coach when it was the Worthington Cup. It’s a very good cup competition and it’s a game we want to win to make progress.”
The return of Andrew Crofts: “I’ve spoken to him, but I’ve already received feedback from Simon Rusk [under-21 coach] and our sport science staff.
“Crofty is feeling good and we’re having to manage his training and the participation he has in the forthcoming under-21 games, but he’s not far away.
“We’re having to stick to a guideline because it’s the right thing to do, but he’s very close. I’ve no doubts that he could probably play a game now, but the correct and appropriate thing to do is to go by those guidelines.
“We’re pinpointing those next two under-21 games [v Swansea and Newcastle] and he’s very close. We have to make sure we’re doing it properly.”