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Monday, 15 September 2014

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Column 19 - The talking stops... we need to get the results that matter

I’M writing this week’s article on the bus back from the Telford game, surrounded by tired team-mates.

There’s mixed feelings because although we came away with a 1-1 draw, we feel we could have won the game after being dominant in the first half.

The second half was more of a scrappy affair with us pushing forward for an equaliser and them counter-attacking. Telford had quite a few opportunities on goal in that second half but I thought Hursty (goalkeeper Danny Hurst) had one of his best games. He made some great saves, so we owe a lot to him.

Telford’s goal just before half-time took a wicked deflection and Hursty couldn’t get a strong enough hand on the ball.

We knew at half-time that if we could get an equaliser we had it in us to go on and win the game. The goal, in the end, came a little too late for us to push for another.

It was Jacko (Joe Jackson) who got the stoppage-time goal. He did what all good strikers do and follow up shots from team-mates, looking for the rebounds. The initial free-kick was won by the lively Ruthers (Paul Rutherford) and (Sean) Hessey hit it like a bullet. It deflected off my shin (I’m claiming an assist!) was parried by the keeper, but Jacko followed up to score from the rebound.

We showed good character to keep going right until the end, but we need to be turning those one-point results into three points.

Tonight’s game against Hereford, which is live on TV, is a must-win.

If we can take three points tonight it will help us massively as we bid to get out of the position we are in. The table doesn’t lie but we have been playing really well recently and not getting the results we deserve.

The talking has to stop now and we have to get the results that matter. Hopefully there will be a big crowd to cheer us on.

After that we play Macclesfield in the FA Cup second round, again at home, on the Tuesday night, so it’s a big week.

It was a massive disappointment that the tie was postponed last Saturday because of a frozen section of the pitch when both teams were at the ground and prepared to play.

If we can beat Macclesfield then we now know that it would be Championship leaders Cardiff City at home in the third round.

Again, hopefully, there will be a big crowd there to support us.

Back to tonight and what we know will be a tough test. Watching them draw 1-1 at Cheltenham in the FA Cup on Monday, they looked well organised and are a very tall side. It was a good result they got away against a League Two side so they will come to our place on a high. We will, however, be prepared and, in a home night match under the floodlights, be at our best.

Keep getting behind the lads and be loud in your support as you can be.

Keep the faith and don’t stop believing.

Come on you Bluebirds!

MATT FLYNN

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