Hills hails youngster - exclusive

Last updated : 16 October 2006 By Andy Parsons

Spurr made an impression last season in his handful of appearances but so far this campaign, he has mostly been deployed in an unfamiliar left-back position.

But he moved to his more familiar slot at the heart of the defence against Barnsley to replace the injured Graham Coughlan as Hills returned at full-back.

Hills told Footymad: "To be fair Tommy has come in and done brilliant, he has done really, really well. He is a young lad and still has a lot to learn still but so far he has given his all so he should be rightfully proud of himself for what he has achieved this season, and he had another excellent game against Barnsley."

Hills was one of the best players in Wednesday's win at the weekend and believes it is good to finally get a victory despite the team not playing to their capabilities.

He added: "It's been disappointing this season when we have played well and got beat, like the Luton and Derby games. We didn't have the best of luck against Barnsley though after they were put down to ten men but we got the win and that's all that matters so hopefully we can move on from here now.

"I don't know what our problem is against ten men. People say that the opposition fight harder, but Barnsley showed great passion to be fair and were very unlucky but we showed character and got the win, that's the main thing."

Wednesday are now getting their key players back from injury and Hills thinks that more wins will come, starting with this week's trip to Colchester.

"A win gives you a massive confidence boost," admits Hills. "Colchester came up from league one last year and have done ok so far but we are more than capable of beating them so we have to go down there and do it. But we have to start winning week in, week out because we need more consistency. We have most of the squad back from injury now so the squad is looking healthier than it's been for a long, long time so things are looking good at the minute."

Coughlan and Glenn Whelan could be out though for a long time after picking up hamstring and calf problems respectively although Drew Talbot should be ok after suffering cramp.