Madine: A Great Place To Be
Gary Madine believes the side are showing that they are more than capable of competing in the Championship, after the side's 2-0 Derby Day win over Preston North End.
The striker grabbed his first of the season to add to Keshi Anderson's first half strike at Bloomfield Road, and feels the side were worthy of the three points which puts them outside of the play-off picture on just goal difference.
"I'm buzzing for the supporters, the manager and the lads in the dressing room," he said.
"We deserved the win on the day and are starting to show to everyone in this division what we can do. We've all got trememdous belief and faith in the team and the gaffer. Even if he'd told me I wasn't starting the game, I'd have totally respected and understood his decision, as I've got that much faith and trust in him and that whatever decision he makes will be the right one for the team.
"He said to me before the game that he thought this kind of game was ideal for me, and he turned out to be right once again. I was really pleased to get back on the scoresheet after a great pass from Jerry to set it up. To score that goal in front of the fans, who were different class once again, was really special.
"Even in the games that we haven't won, they are all still behind us. This is a Club with a really passionate fan base, and that's one of the reasons why I signed a new contract in the summer. I love everything about this Club, and it's a great place to be."
After what has been a difficult year or so for Madine through injury, the striker wanted to pay tribute to the medical staff all of their support in getting him back onto the pitch.
"I'd really like to thank the medical staff for all of their support over the past nine or ten months," he said.
"I've had a tough year injury wise, and they've all worked incredibly hard to keep me going and get me back on the pitch when I wasn't sure if I'd be close to being able to. I'm grateful to the doctor, physio and my surgeon for all of their work in helping me get back out there and continue to enjoy days like this with the team and the fans."