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I find myself still looking down as opposed to up after yesterday's defeat, thus Tuesday night's game is huge and I'm glad I will be there to watch it.
Judging by the commentary - although Tony Hudd is a miserable bastard and puts pessimism to a whole new different level - we played alright but lacked as we have now done for months any real cutting edge. Our three major chances all falling to Nicky Bailey says a lot.
Kelvin Davis has been a thorn in our sides before and he pulled off a number of excellent saves to deny us a goal so overall the performance gives me some confidence as we enter the final five, potentially eight games.
I have been crusading for a 4-5-1 for somewhile and was pleased to see it but quite frankly without Sam on his game the system is useless. It annoys me so much that our longest serving player, who has seen our demise first hand, does not appear to have the longing or desire to take the game by the scruff of the neck and is seemingly unable or can't be bothered to play to his full ability. I hope Newcastle United have not had any scouts watching him since Christmas.
2nd place seems even more beyond us today with Millwall and Leeds showing us how to dispatch teams at the bottom. Millwall certainly show no signs of buckling and Leeds may have just come out of their torper.
We gave it a proper go at the end which was great to hear, even Randolph coming up for corners and staying up in the dying seconds as we piled the pressure on. Entering the play-offs is all about the team that shows the most desire and form. Togetherness and whole hearted support is paramount. Let's be that
team.Witnesses: Doctor Kish