SHAUN Derry says Saturday's stirring victory over Crystal Palace was evidence the players will not be knocked out of their stride by off-field events.
The derby was played out against a background of apprehension and uncertainty following the FA's levelling of seven charges against club over the signing of Alejandro Faurlin - charges which could lead to a promotion-wrecking points deduction in a worse-case scenario.
But the players showed a single-mindedness that says they won't be sidetracked, the midfielder said.
"I would say things like that create togetherness," Derry told the Chronicle.
"We're obviously all aware of the situation, but all we can do is influence what happens on the pitch.
"None of the players get involved in what's happening off the field and we've just got to continue trying to be being a credit to the club in our matches."
Derry added: "I think the proof was in the pudding on Saturday. The game was very soon after everything came out, but the performance we put up perhaps answered a lot of questions."