After two weeks without any football whatsoever, it was good to get back into action against Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday night.
It was another good win for us as well, although we’ve certainly played better. We were disappointed with our display in the second half but recorded another win, and in many ways, that’s what it’s all about at this stage of the season.
It’s been a frustrating time as games have recently been postponed but at least none of our rivals have been able to really take advantage.
A case in point came last weekend when Sheffield Wednesday lost to Exeter City after our match against Chesterfield was called off.
And although we haven’t played much football, at least we know that we are still top of the table, so things could have been worse.
It’s been difficult training over the past few weeks due to the winter weather but we’ve had some sessions inside and the groundstaff have been working hard to clear areas of grass for us to work on as well.
Everyone is more or less in the same boat, though, and everyone is going to be playing a lot of games during the promotion run-in – I think Tuesday night’s game was our first of five midweek matches in the space of six weeks.
That’s a lot of points to be won, so it’s going to be a critical time of the season for us. Every point counts at this stage, which is why getting a draw against Bury at the end of last month was so important.
People may have expected us to win the game but we know that teams are going to defend deep when they come to The Valley and if they get a goal, it’s going to be hard for us to break them down.
I thought I’d scored in the build-up to our equaliser because I struck it sweetly across the keeper. When it was saved, it seemed like the end of the attack but Dale Stephens’ incredible finish showed the difference between our squad and other clubs.
We’re all chipping in with our fair share of goals, too. Johnnie Jackson has scored 12 after Tuesday’s penalties, which is brilliant from left midfield and Danny Hollands is on target for double figures.
I took one in the mouth against Brentford at the start of January but it was worth it when the ball went in, while Matt Taylor has taken plenty of stick for his lack of goals.
We’re not counting his FA Cup goal at FC Halifax Town!