Peter Løvenkrands: “I hope it opens up a door for myself.
“It’s been a strange season for me and I just hope I get a chance in these next couple of games. It’s been hard for me because I want to play. It’s been really frustrating.
“I’ve never been given a run in the side and even when I’ve come in and done well, I’ve not kept my place in the next game.
“It hasn’t been good, it’s been difficult for me. A lot has happened in the last few weeks with a new coach coming in, a lot has changed, and hopefully things can still happen for me.
“I’m desperate to get back into the team and I’m hungry to play. I’m not here to just sit and watch. I feel I’ve been doing well and I want to play.
“It’s too early to talk about leaving. A new coach has come in and he is trying get to know the team and the players. I just hope I’m given a chance to prove myself. He has said everyone starts with a clean slate and that seems to be the case.
“I came here to play, I didn’t come here to sit on the bench. I don’t think there are any players who would be happy with that. I’ve just got to keep working hard and hope the chance comes.
“It is a setback for us to lose Andy, there is no question about that. He has become an integral part of the team. He’s a fantastic player and he is a dominant player. He has had a fantastic season as getting into the England squad shows and he will be a big miss.
“We have to show we’re not a one-man team. Andy has been great, but there are a lot of players waiting in the wings who are looking to prove themselves, not just to replace him, but also to play with him. This is our chance.
“You can’t always spit the dummy out as soon as something goes wrong. It’s been difficult, but it’s been a case of taking my time and knowing a chance would come.
“I’m trying my best to grab my chance. Hopefully, I’ve done enough to play in the next game. I thought me and Shola played well together.
“The link-up play behind us in midfield was really good, and that gave myself and Shola options to do what we needed to do up front. I thought we did that. I thought we played well together and complimented each other pretty effectively.”
“It was a fantastic result at Wigan, just what we needed. We always knew these two games were going to be important, and thankfully we have won the first of them.
“We’ve got what we needed, and now it’s a case of looking ahead to the West Ham game and trying to do the same thing there.
“You’re always looking at the table a little bit, but as players we knew we had to focus on the Wigan game and nothing else as it was a big opportunity for us.
“I thought our game plan worked perfectly and we dominated the game, but now it’s a case of producing the same level of intensity and performance against West Ham. We didn’t let Wigan play the game they like to play – we have to do the same on Wednesday night.”