We need victories at the moment, but Saturday was what we really needed, a huge confidence booster.
Our win at Leamington was crucial, but also still worrying. A last minute winner away to another team that are in trouble and who had played half the game with ten men. It was far from convincing.
Under Tommy Wright performances, on the whole, have got better as we have gone along, but the results haven’t. Before the Leamington game, we had only won once under Tommy and the pressure was there for all to see.
Despite the level we have played at since demotion the last few years have been stellar. We have been under pressure, but the pressure the players and everyone at the club face this year is completely different. The consequences if we fail aren’t worth thinking about.
Even with the win at Leamington other results meant we started Saturday’s game outside the bottom three only on goal difference.
What a difference 90 minutes makes. It wasn’t a perfect performance by us, but it was exactly what we needed.
The first half was pretty even without either team creating many clear cut chances. We’ve had quite a lot of games like that recently, but the timing of the goal was perfect. The two men who have been doing the damage for us under Wright combined. Thommo’s pass, Styche is brought down Thommo fires home. The penalty was undisputable and we just about deserved to be ahead.
I suspect most fans were similar to myself in that the only time I felt massively on edge during the game was at the start of the second half. We allowed Blyth to have all of the ball and it looked just a matter of time till they broke through. Thankfully we got the second through Styche before Syers wrapped it up and finally we could relax.
It isn’t something as fans we have been able to do much this season, but the last quarter of an hour was so enjoyable knowing the job was done.
There was several stand out performers Heaton, Galbraith and O’Hanlon were all solid at the back as we kept our first clean sheet in months, as was Pears who made a couple of big saves at crucial moments.
James Caton looks a different player to the one we’ve had all season in the last two games. Not just his assist but he put in some fantastic crosses in the second half. If he continues like this he offers something that no one else in the squad has and could potentially play a huge role.
Styche won a penalty and did what he always does got on the score sheet, while Thommo showed yet again what he can do when played in a really attacking position.
It really was fantastic and suddenly we will go into our next few games against other playoff challengers knowing we can get results.
It was far from perfect, but it doesn’t matter.
Hopefully, we can carry the feel good factor into Saturday and bring something home from Bradford. There is no reason we can’t get a result, but we are far from out of trouble.
With other sides still having games in hand it could only change very quickly, but another couple of good results and with a little bit of a barrier we should be able to save ourselves.