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10 December 2021

"Talking is fine but we need to start showing it and we need to start putting performances in on the pitch"

Conor Chaplin says that Town's players can't feel sorry for themselves as they look to turn around their fortunes, beginning with Saturday's trip to Wigan.

The Blues travel to the joint-league leaders looking to end a three-game winless run in all competitions and simultaneously cut the gap to the League One play-offs.

After falling to a 2-0 defeat at Charlton in interim manager John McGreal's first game in charge, Conor says that the players must take responsibility for recent performances and results.

"It’s been difficult but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves," said the 24-year-old. "There’s a game that’s around the corner.

"We’re playing catch up, we’re not in denial of that. We need to return to winning ways quickly and get back on track.

"That’s the complete responsibility of the players. Every single one of us accepts and owns up to that.

"There’s been open and honest conversations within the dressing room. People have voiced their opinions. Talking is fine but we need to start showing it and we need to start putting performances in on the pitch.

"Wigan are doing well, they’re flying - what better way for us to get back on track. Nobody is feeling sorry for themselves. We need to come up with the answers and fast."

Having led just one training session before the midweek trip to South-East London, John - alongside Kieron Dyer and Rene Gilmartin - has had the opportunity to spend more time with the players ahead of Saturday's Latics test.

Reflecting on working with John so far, Conor added: "It’s been good and it’s been lively. It’s tough for them. They need to get the morale going again and get the confidence up.

"They’ve come in and told us to express ourselves. They don’t know and we don’t know how long they’ll be in charge for.

"We’re employed to work for the fans and work for the Football Club. We’ll just keep doing our job and keep staying professional. That’s what is expected of us."

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