Well, what a win and what a performance! The last couple of games, I can’t really separate from some of the football we played in the Championship days. I’m looking round our squad – given our injuries – and thinking about how many really strong players we have at this level. All across the side, we have ability and Neil Critchley is creating a squad of players who clearly have the hunger and desire to accompany our quality. We’re into the play-off places and we’re going to take some stopping.
- Jerry’s goal
It would be rude not to start with that goal. We were all still plugging in our headphones, settling into our favourite chairs and extending the window to full screen when Jerry’s rasping effort caught Peterborough cold. Surely a contender for goal of the month, and one to add to Jackpot Jerry’s fantastic collection already in tangerine. He added another from the penalty spot too – that’s 16 for the season. When stadiums open for fans again, he’ll have a lot of love first hand from us fans.
2. A word on Grant Ward
Ward hasn’t had the headlines of his midfield partners Kevin Stewart and Kenny Dougall this season, but has played 33 games this season and has barely put a foot wrong. He’s filled in out wide as well as in his preferred central midfield role and gives a real balance to the side. Really calm and composed on the ball, and he was in really good form against Peterborough. When we signed him, he’d just come back from 12 months out through injury, but we are now benefitting from him having an extended run in the side and he’s looking better with every game that passes.
3. Turton at CB
Turton and Thorniley was our ninth defensive pairing of the season but you wouldn’t have known it. Oli Turton looks so comfortable wherever you play him, and you can always rely on him to give a really solid, brave performance.
4. Elliot Embleton
I just love this guy. Gives that spark of unpredictability, but also has a calmness and composure in forward areas. It’s a flattering comparison, but the only player I can compare him to in terms of his style of play is Wes Hoolahan. Hopefully he can show a similar level of magic in the run-in!
5. Garbutt’s goal
What can you say about that? It opened up for him to wrap his left foot around it, but to pull it off and swing it into the top corner was sensational. It won us the game and added a cushion to the scoreline. Many fans were critical that we couldn’t score enough goals – well we’ve beaten Oxford and Peterborough by two goals so that answers that one.
- Conceding on the brink of half-time
As the old adage goes, Critchley will have been tearing up his half-time notes when Peterborough scored in the 47th minute of the first half. Jerry scored in the opening minute, so we were ahead for 46 minutes and yet still went into the break level.
2. Thorniley for the goal
He clearly made an error, misjudging the flight of the ball and it bounced off his foot. From there, Peterborough fashioned a chance and it eventually finished in the back of the net.
3. Dougall’s passing
I hold the Socceroo to very high standards and that’s the only reason I’m picking him out. He lost possession in his own half on a number of occasions and nearly cost us a couple of times.
Our squad is really stretched and may well be the one thing that costs us. Oli Turton came in at centre back, Mitchell looks good on the wing and Elliot Embleton gives us real balance in the attacking areas. But we had to rely on Cam Antwi, Rob Apter and Brad Holmes on the bench tonight and another knock before Saturday would leave us looking really light.
5. We’re no longer under the radar.
We’re into the play-off spots and it’s on us to stay there now. No longer can we use the games in hand or the poor start to the season as an excuse and every team in the division will realise how strong we are as a side. Can we keep it up? Only time will tell, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts!
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