DAVID UNSWORTH believes there’s a lot more to come from both himself and Town this season.
The hugely experienced 34-year-old’s pleasure at returning to the team at Millwall last Saturday was tainted by a 2-1 defeat and late missed penalty.
Town were left without a win in four League I games and bottom of the fledgling table, but the former England defender has been around long enough not to get too downhearted.
“There’s a long, long way to go this season, and despite our current position, I firmly believe there’s enough talent in this squad to mount a promotion challenge,” insists the man who made his second appearance for Town at the New Den.
“Things haven’t gone our way so far, but that will change, and as soon as we can string together a couple of wins, we’ll be up and running.
“Three points for a win means you soon start to climb, especially at this early stage. Look at Millwall, they were fourth-bottom before Saturday’s match and went up to 13th.
“We’ve shown glimpses of what we’re about, but now we have to start turning those glimpses into much longer spells.”
Town became Unsworth’s eighth professional club when he agreed a one-year deal after the opening-day 1-1 home draw with Stockport.
After being at Everton (twice), West Ham, Aston Villa (briefly), Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Wigan and Burnley, it’s his first taste of League I – and he’s impressed.
“People say it’s all kick and rush, but I thought Stockport played the ball out from the back really well,” said the Chorley-based player, who has also had a loan spell at Ipswich.
“They had some more than decent players, and so did Millwall, and both the games I’ve played in have been really competitive.
“That’s not to say we have anything to fear though, because I’ve been really impressed with the talent we have at this club.”
Unsworth accepts that Town need an injection of confidence, and as a senior professional, he’ll be doing everything he can to help that process.
“The management and the likes of myself and Chris Lucketti have a big role to play in helping the younger players at a time like this,” he explained.
“We need to be relaxed in a positive way and instil a little more self-belief in the younger lads.
“They are certainly capable of far more than our results suggest, because there are a lot of talented players here and there’s also a very good work ethic.
“We’re working our socks off to put things right and like I said, I firmly believe that one win will lead to a lot more.”
On his own form, Unsworth, who rejected a new one-year player-coaching deal at Burnley because he wanted regular football, explained: “I’m not yet at the fitness level I want to be.
“I missed a bit of pre-season so now I’m playing catch-up, but I’m feeling better with each training session and game.”