It was fantastic for us to collect our first three points at home this season as we put in a good display against Aston Villa on Saturday.
It’s not usually that hot in this country when we play games so both teams found the conditions difficult at times but I thought we handed ourselves well. We probably started a little slower than we would have liked and they got a foothold in the game but no-one really found that bit of control in the final third and it was end to end, possibly a bit too much for our liking.
Once we got to grips with that in the second half the game changed and it was great to come away with the win. The effort the boys put in again was tremendous and the guys who came on at half-time did fantastically well. It also shows great character when you concede an equaliser and still go on to get the winner right at the end and see it out.
It was a great decision by Scott to go and press their guy when he got the assist, I think Amavi thought he was going to get around him easily and Scott did well in that sense. It was also great to see him get a goal too, we work hard and pride ourselves on set pieces and to get another goal from them is great to see.
Obviously Bakary Sako grabbed the headlines with his goal and I was delighted for him. He didn’t find out until late on that he was playing and he’s handled himself really well since he’s come in. He’s got a hammer of a left foot and we got to see glimpses of it on Saturday and it’s great that one of them hit the back of the net.
We’ve now got six points from nine and I can’t remember the last time we started so well, it definitely hasn’t happened during my time here anyway. It gives us a good platform going forward and a marker has been laid so it’s up to us to try and maintain that and see where we can go from here.
But we’ll put the league to one side now as tonight is a chance to enjoy some success in a cup competition. The gaffer has spoken a lot about how he wants to try and win something here and the squad has got good depth which gives us a chance.
Tonight will be a good opportunity for some guys to get minutes but more importantly we’re playing for something. We’re taking on lower league opposition but by no means is it going to be an easy game so we’ll have to be at it in front of our home fans.
In this competition I got so close against Cardiff a few years ago but apart from that we’ve not had too much joy in both cup competitions, so that’s an extra incentive for us to do well this
Who wouldn’t want to go on a cup run and play at Wembley on the hallowed turf? It would be tremendous for the football club and we’ll do our best to achieve that.
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