Hope you have all had a good week. I just want to say how grateful I am for the amazing response I got regarding last week’s blog. It really came from the heart and I am glad that came across. I spoke on BBC Somerset about our current situation and couldn’t believe how emotional I got…but that’s football for you.
We may not have had a game this weekend but there has been lots of brilliant football over the last week. Bristol City were victorious at Wembley as they secured the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. They really have had an incredible season and it was another dominant performance.
I think Walsall will be disappointed that they did not put City under more pressure, but for those 70,000 fans of both sides it will be a day they will never forget. A huge congratulations must go to former Glover Luke Ayling who has now won two trophies at Wembley in three seasons – quite a record.
As for the Premier League, the most talked about game has been Manchester United’s trip to Anfield. Liverpool have been in scintillating form but they just did not turn up against the Red Devils, who themselves looked a changed side that played some outstanding football.
However, the most shocking incident came from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. He was introduced after the break for Adam Lallana but only took to the pitch for 38 seconds. He was completely reckless in his reaction to a Herrera challenge.
It was a clear stamp and for a player of his calibre and experience it was completely unacceptable. I was extremely shocked to hear of the incident, especially as he was brought on at half time to bring something different to the side and fight for a result.
It has always been a feisty fixture and maybe tempers were flaring on and off the pitch. However, you would expect Gerrard to know how to control that.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Southampton and Tottenham all recorded wins and kept their places in the top seven. It is going to be an interesting battle for second place and for fourth.
I still think there are some twists and turns to come even though United lie five points clear of Liverpool in fifth. United still have to play Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool will be hoping that they slip up somewhere and they get back on track.
Last night saw a great advert for League 2 football when Wycombe Wanderers travelled to Luton Town. From the start it was a great game with five goals in the first half. Wycombe took the lead after just three minutes, but Luton battled back just four minutes later. The away side then sped to a 3-1 lead after 30 minutes before the impressive Elliot Lee pulled a goal back for Luton.
Both sides played some great football but Wycombe’s fantastic form continued and it looks extremely likely they will return to League One next season. Luton still lie 6th in the table but have lost five games in a row, a worrying statistic this late in the season.
Whoever says there is not great attacking football in the fourth tier, should have watched last night’s game. I hope we play that kind of positive game when we return to that division.
Luton also renamed their stadium for one night only as they supported the official Football League charity. All the action happened at the “Prostate Cancer UK Stadium”, which was a great gesture from the club.
Goal of the Week
This week, I want to congratulate Ryan Mason on being called up for the England Squad. He replaces Adam Lallana who has pulled out through injury. Having played 28 games for Yeovil Town, it makes me extremely proud that he is now going on to represent our country. Well done Ryan! Here is one of the best goals of his career, I am sure there will be many more to come.
As for us, we travel to Rochdale on Saturday. It is another long away trip for the lads and no doubt it will be a tough challenge. One thing is for sure that the loyal supporters will be there as they have been all season and I hope the lads can put on a performance that the support deserves before the busy Easter period.
Have a great week and keep smiling whether we’re up or down!