Playing for pride - 27/04/2004

Playing for pride

The Easter weekend was a mixed bag for us. We lost 1-0 against Huddersfield which was disappointing. We were better in the second half though. The game on Easter Monday was very different. We went 2-0 down in the first half. We gave away a penalty but to be honest I didn’t think it was a penalty. We got one back and then it was our turn to be awarded a penalty, no doubting that one! They also had a player sent off so we were playing against 10 men. The numerical advantage helped us to get a winner. So after being 2-0 down we came back to win 3-2 and played quite well.

Our next game was against Northampton. We went ahead twice but let them come back twice and it finished 2-2. On the balance of play I suppose it was a fair result. But after being ahead you expect to get 3 points, so it feels like 2 points lost rather than 1 point gained.

Hull were the next side we faced, a side battling for automatic promotion. Again we went ahead twice but ended up getting a draw. But we couldn’t really argue, but again it was another 2 points lost.

Against Yeovil we never got going and lost 2-0. They’re fighting for a play-off place and we’re mathematically safe now. The game was a bit flat and we didn’t get into it. I mean it’s not like we stopped trying or anything but sub consciously something has changed because we know we’re not going down.

We’ve got 2 games remaining, Rochdale and Torquay. And although we’ve got nothing at stake we’ll do our best and try to win.

My plans for next season have not been confirmed. I’ve got a few things in the pipeline, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Arsenal are worthy champions and I think they’ll remain unbeaten for the whole season, even though the title is won already. Thierry Henry is deserving of the PFA Player of the Year, he’d get my vote!

 

written with Caroline Larkam


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