With two home games in the space of four days, we’ve got to start making the most of The Valley.
Our matches against Middlesbrough on Saturday and Cardiff on Tuesday look like daunting fixtures on paper, with the two clubs third and first respectively in the table before the weekend.
But over the past fortnight we have proved that we can go to places such as Elland Road and Molineux and not only get good results but deserve to get all three points. We produced two fine performances to gain 1-1 draws against Leeds and Wolves.
But those displays will mean nothing if we don’t back them up with wins at The Valley and improve our home form.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make the most of the great backing we received against Barnsley, when the stadium was close to capacity.
And while our travelling fans are seeing some good displays, we want to put on more of a show for the bulk of our supporters. I got off the mark for the season in terms of goals last weekend and it was great to score my first senior goal for the club.
One of the lads in the press office looked through the record books earlier this week and found that it was almost exactly eight years since I last scored for the club, against Arsenal for the under-18s. I have been known to get on the scoresheet from time to time, though, and I scored six for Stevenage last season, so if I’m pushed further forward down the right, as has been the case in the last few matches, I’ll be looking to contribute more.
I said at the start of the season that I would play anywhere for the gaffer, so wherever I’m needed, I’ll play.
We’ve shown that we can compete but we need to start putting together 90-minute performances rather than playing well in fits and starts.
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