A perfect chance to bounce back from New York woes
WE MADE our first ever trip up to the new New York Stadium to play Steve Evans' Rotherham United on Saturday.
The first thing I have to say is what a fantastic venue to play football in it was.
Brand new this season, it's mightily impressive from the outside and when you get inside everything looks equally as striking.
They have had some really good results at home so far this season and the noise their fans made really did provide for a very special atmosphere.
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We had a good following as well behind the goal we defended in the first half, and although we did not get the result that we wanted I'm sure those who made the journey couldn't help but be impressed by the stadium.
Evans has built a large, strong squad of players and appears to have the backing to keep adding to the squad as and when he wants.
Whatever club he has been at he favours going for strikers with good physical attributes as well as being talented players.
Ex-Robin Kayode Odejayi could only find a place on the substitutes' bench but he is the type of player that Evans likes to lead his line.
We got off to the start we wanted when Keith Lowe scored in the first minute but for the remainder of the first half I thought that was as good as it got for us.
We didn't compete or play as well as we have done at say, Gillingham and made it far too easy for our opponents.
We conceded sloppy goals and pretty much deserved to be behind in the first period.
After the break we showed much more aggression and competitiveness without really playing at our best.
An injury time goal when we were pushing for an equaliser killed the game and made for a long journey home.
Having a midweek game when you have had a defeat is no bad thing and that is the case again this week.
Our trip to Chesterfield is going to be as hard as it was at Rotherham with the talent they have in their squad.
During their home victory over Oxford at the weekend they were able to bring on Jack Lester, Marc Richards and Luis Boa Morte from the bench.
We are going to have to be at our best to pick up some points but despite our defeat at Rotherham we have to take many positives from the season as a whole.
We got a knock-back on Saturday but having seen the lads in training they are determined to put that game behind us.
Congratulations to the gaffer for his manager of the month award for October. This isn't the first time he has won this award but I do know he is very proud that he has been chosen to receive it.
Last season I remember him winning it about the same time of year and we went on to continue having a good season.
It would be good to use this award once again as a springboard for better things over the remaining months of the season.
We are in the middle of a tough run of games but before you know it we will be the busy Christmas period.
Our aim by then is to be in the third round of the FA Cup and still up at the right end of the table. We can't do this without your continued support so please continue getting behind the lads.