“In a way, they have got an opportunity here to play a bigger part in this season than they had hoped. And they are big players for us, some of the most important players.
“I’ve always been impressed with the players when we’ve had breaks. When we came back from pre-season they were really focused. We’ve had the mid-season break now, we did a few things tactically in Marbella in that week and they came back focused.
” We can kick on, I’m sure we can get a good start and climb up that table if we keep doing the right thing. Even with the FA Cup and Europa League, if that does go ahead, we’ve got good chances there. “