MARK HUDSON today praised Town's sparkling victory and expressed his desire to play for Andy Ritchie next season.

Hudson, 26, whose contract runs out in June, scored the crucial second goal in Saturday's 4-2 Galpharm victory against Millwall.

And he is eager to be part of Ritchie's push for promotion to the Championship next season.

Hudson said "I want to stay at this club and will start talks with the new boss soon.

"This is a huge club and hopefully I'm in the plans of the new manager, having played the last two games for him, so hopefully he's liked what he's seen and we can strike a deal.

"This is a great club and under the guidance of the new boss we can really go places.

"The fans are unbelievable here as well. Last season we were so disappointed not to go up automatically and this season we've underachieved as individuals and as a team, but the gaffer has come in and told us he wants us to play football, get it down and pass it about and that's when I think we're at our best.

"He wants us to show no fear, just go out and play our football. That suits us and I want to be a part of that."

Hudson rammed home Town's second for a 2-1 lead after Luke Beckett's shot was cleared off the line and he revealed: "I struck it almost too well, it was rising all the time, so I'm glad it went in.

"The second half was the best we've played for a long time and it showed with the goals we scored."

Hudson added: "It was a great result.

"We really needed that on the back of two defeats and I thought all the lads played really well today.

"It was a sloppy start until we got used to playing the diamond in midfield but in the second half we closed them down really well and there was only one team going to win it."

And Ritchie was delighted with the way his players adjusted to the new system and played themselves back into the game.

"The four lads were playing so close in the diamond in the first half, you could've thrown a blanket over them, so we just needed to get a bit more space in there, which we did and then we found space to play to the front players as well," he said.

"To come back after going a goal down showed a lot of character and I thought everyone played their part.

"John (Dungworth) and Boots (Martyn Booty) said the lads are quite quiet as a team so we've done some drills in training where conversation is needed and I think it helped on Saturday."

And Ritchie admitted that out-of-contract players, Mark Hudson and Frank Sinclair, are complicating matters.

"That's headache I'm happy to accept," he said.

"I wanted them to show me what they can do and Frank's had two excellent games.

"He was good at centre-back last weekend despite losing at Scunthorpe and he showed his experience against Millwall.

"He's not given Ryan Smith any chance to run at him but when he's had a go, Frank's matched him for pace - and that's no mean feat for a 36-year-old.

"I certainly couldn't do it!"