Danny Simpson

Saturday was probably a point gained because Bolton are a tough team, but I think if certain decisions went our way and we had a bit more luck then we would have won the game.

We maybe should have put it to bed by half-time and Besty had a good shout for a penalty. There were a few more chances, but it was just one of those days.

When you're only one up then a side like Bolton are always going to be in it. You need a second goal to kill them a bit.

Theirs was a snap-shot from Sturridge, a great strike, and from there it can go either way.

But overall, with going down to ten men in the second half and the way we had to dig in, it was probably a good point for us.

Our character and determination seems to be a good basis for us at the moment. We are hard to beat and teams know that know.

Maybe at the start of the season people just thought they could turn up and get a win here, but not now. We've got a great mentality, a great team, we all get on well with each other and you can see that on the pitch.

You obviously want to win games, but in this league it is essential that you don't lose matches, especially with the way the division is at the moment. You don't want to give teams those three points because it is so tight.

At the end of last week both Cheick Tiote and John Carver signed new long-term contracts at the club. I wouldn't mind one of those if they keep handing out deals like that!

It's the first time in my career that I've worked with John, but he's a top man, is so enthusiastic, and when we need a little kick up the backside he gives us that.

We've got respect for him, he's got great knowledge of the game and the club, having been here before with Sir Bobby. So he's been a great addition to the staff and it seems to be working well.

It's massive for the lads and for the fans to see Cheick sign his new deal - it's a good sign that the club want to keep going in the right direction.

Everyone's heard the rumours about him maybe getting picked up, but it's nice that the club want to keep their best players and make a big statement like that.

Cheick's been top class - probably one of the buys of the season - and that's not just his football, because he's a top lad off the pitch too.

With only ten games to go and the end of the season in sight, we've got to start treating every game as a cup final.

Every match will be tough and there will be no easy ones. Everton are next up, and they had a good win at the weekend and will be coming here full of confidence.

But we've had some good results of our own over the last three or four games and will hope to have a good week on the training pitch and then kick on against them.