James, he hadnt played quite a few games in that position. Having seen most of the games up till then (luckily I gave Southend a miss!!) we had stuck pretty rigidly to a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 and when he had played, it was as a "traditional" midfielder in a bank of 4. It was only after the Southend match that the experiment of using him as a "holding midfielder" was tried and, lo and behold, it removed much of the pressure from the defence and we started to look so much more solid at the back.
That is not right.
We had an unsuccessful run of a middle three with Lathrope holding culminating in the Bradford defeat as discussed here:
what a match that was,another 1-0 win,a good habit to have.But for those that didnt go this wasnt a fluke result,it was richly deserved.We battered them first half,and i honestly thought one goal wouldnt be enough going into the second,but we are pure hard work rate and teamwork,we have a they shall not pass mentality. Everyone played there part,but i thought saah was top notch tonight,he looked very comfortable in defence for us. The lads are so together,we never looked in danger of conceding.Cheltenham were not very good and were doing dirty tricks all night,shirt pulling,grabbing,studding,eye gauging,ott tackling they were disgraceful,aided by a shocking referee,who booked our boys at any opportunity but just had a word with theirs,he gave us sod all we earned what we got. The final whistle after 6 minutes injury said everything,our fans the team and lingy celebrated,but cheltenham looked absolutely sore losers,their thuggery on the pitch is not needed and unless there attitude changes i hope they stay where they are. As for us,anything is possible now,its like a dream,but long may it continue
Great post and what a fantastic Valentines night it was!! After that 98 minutes it was great to see the players celebrating at the end. This run of results has been brilliant and much respect for the way ML has got the unit working---its a real Team effort. Personally I would have settled for mid-table this year if asked at the start of the season but as has been mentioned many times where we are now anything is possible. The only thing we all know is that at some stage this run will come to an end. Then the only problem will be the return on here of "Pinky and Perky"--they have gone soooo quiet!!!