The skipper reacted with some tough words for Bristol Rovers following their time wasting tactics on Saturday and speaks of the unusual and eerie experience of playing without a crowd.
"Bristol came here with a game plan of slowing the game down at every opportunity, the keeper was taking a very long time on goal kicks and when the ball went out for a throw in, it made it very frustrating. When you concede so early, it always gives the other team a leg up and it's an uphill battle for us. It's tough. I think sometimes common sense has to prevail, and the referee can deal with that a lot quicker. If they get a warning for time wasting early on and then it's followed by a caution then maybe that will help. It comes to a point where it has to be a case of, 'come on ref, let's get the game moving and going’; I've never seen a physio come on so much. Has anyone gone off seriously hurt? No. I get what Bristol are doing, and it's something we've got to cope with, but sometimes officials can deal with that situation a lot better. You see their goalkeeper, he gets booked in the 98th minute, but for me, there's no point booking him then, it’s 98 minutes too late – he was taking his time after four minutes. I'm not saying the crowd would have got their goalkeeper booked, but the pressure certainly gets ramped up on officials when there is a crowd. I do feel on Saturday, with how dominant we were in that second half, there's no denying that a full house would have helped, the atmosphere would have gone up, it is a strange atmosphere at the moment – I hope it's not one that's here for the long run. Chris (Maguire) gets that equaliser, and there's hardly much noise. It's a very strange atmosphere, it's eerie. When you get corners or do good bits of play, it's usually greeted by a roar here but at the moment, it's very quiet. It's clearly got to be safety first, but I'll be pushing for fans to be in sooner rather than later."