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John Nutter
John Nutter

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We knew before facing Southampton that it was going to be a tough test, and that proved to be the case as we were on the end of a 4-1 defeat.

A club that size and with their resources – being able to spend £1m on a player for this level is an example of the power they have at their disposal – will be looking to get a lot of points this season, although we felt we could have taken some from them but it wasn’t to be the case.

We should have known it wasn’t going to be our day when Danny Jackman came off after a couple of minutes with a dislocated shoulder.

That will rule him out for a while, which is a blow because he’s an important player for us.

We seem to be having some bad luck this season with injuries – let’s all hope his is the last one we suffer.

We managed to get on level terms through young Luke Rooney. What a great goal to mark your full league debut and a great stage to do it on.

He is full of confidence and tries those sorts of things in training all the time.

We couldn’t manage to keep it level until half-time, which would have made a big difference to the outcome, as they grabbed two quick goals and put the game beyond us.

The second half was an even affair and they managed to grab another goal to make the scoreline look more favourable than it should have been.

We then had the chance to bounce back as we played Norwich on Tuesday night. It was great for meto start my first competitive game for a few weeks and I was happy to get 90 minutes, although frustrated by the result, as a big chance of getting to Wembley has escaped us.

I felt we were the better side for most of the evening, we should certainly have had a penalty when Millsy was brought down just as he was about to shoot.

We all asked the referee why he would go down when he was about to score but as usual they don’t want to listen and waved play on.

We also had a terrible decision when Westy (Curtis Weston) was called offside when through on goal, even though he was clearly coming from deep.

We deserved to at least to take the game to penalties but we couldn’t find a goal and lost out 1-0.

On to this weekend then and we face Wycombe, a team who were promoted with us last year.

We had two good battles with them last season and I don’t expect anything different this Saturday.

They haven’t maybe started the season as they would have liked but will be coming to the Priestfield ready to battle for everything and we’re going to have to be ready and up for the challenge.

It’s important we try to keep our home form going as it will give us a springboard for the season if we can consistently pick up points on our pitch.

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