I suppose it’s always difficult straight after when you’ve been in front right to the end and I suppose in the fact that we’ve won the game effectively twice and let them back into it but we haven’t lost and we go again Tuesday.
I only made the one change to the starting 11 because we’ve got some momentum and we wanted to win the game it was as simple as that. We want to win the game on Tuesday night and we’re in a situation where next week we’ll be playing Saturday, Tuesday but if we’d have won the game today we’d have had a week to recover so we didn’t want to change too much to be honest.
We wanted to give the side continuity going forward and we picked a side that have done really well from the start of the season. We did think about mixing it around a little bit but at the end of the day we make the decisions.
I suppose the disappointing thing is with the chances we’ve created we should have won the game comfortably. To not score at one end and then to concede from a sloppy set piece is disappointing especially so near the end of a game that we wanted to win.
It’s one of them really, goals change games. We had a great chance early on Richie came in from a corner and they go and hit the bar. Once we score Rowey hits the bar, Richie hits the post and if you take one of those chances it effects what they have to do.
In the second half as they tired a little bit we were able to pass it a little bit more and create more opportunities. Again their keeper makes some good saves, we go in front again, we have a gilt-edged opportunity when Rowey’s one-on-one with the goalie and he saves it but we should do better and should score.
But then, within a minute we don’t defend the ball out wide, we switch off from a corner so I’m disappointed in the way we’ve conceded. We’ve shown this year that the penalty area at either end of the pitch is the important part and we’ve been punished late on in the game for not taking the opportunities we had early on.
But, like I said, at 1-0 we had two or three, maybe four, really good chances where we could have put the game to bed but Bradford have been on a sticky run for them and they got a draw last week against Brackley and that would have really tested their mentality and confidence if we’d have gone 2-0 up. But we left them in the game and obviously we conceded when we did and in the second half I felt we were better than them down to the fact that the game opened up a lot more and we were able to work the ball a lot more and looked more comfortable with it and scored a really good goal.
But we didn’t hold on so we go again Tuesday and hope to win the game.
We find ourselves now in a similar situation to last season with four games coming up in less than two weeks. We’ve not really had that this season which I think has benefitted us and we’ve been able to maintain a stable starting line up since the start of the season.
I think we’ll have to have a look at what we do on Tuesday, we’ll make decisions and if we think there’s changes needed to be made then we’ll do it.
If you look at it in honesty then a week’s gap in between would have been what we were looking for but we look forward to that game as it’s important game for us and one we’ll go to try and win.