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Chappo's corner

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:32 11 May 2010

THE first thing to say is we are disappointed to lose any game.

The preparation for Saturday was excellent. The whole weekend from Friday when we left, to the training, hotel and whole preparation was fantastic - and the performance from the lads on the day deserved more.

THE first thing to say is we are disappointed to lose any game.

The preparation for Saturday was excellent. The whole weekend from Friday when we left, to the training, hotel and whole preparation was fantastic - and the performance from the lads on the day deserved more.

We didn't deserve to lose the game. We had the lion's share of play in the first half and were very unlucky not to go into half time ahead.

A couple of things then went against us in the second half and we found ourselves 2-0 down. At that stage it would've been easy for the lads to drop their heads, but they kept calm.

Another decision, which we found very hard to believe, then went against us - and that was the sending off of Carl Poppy.

We are waiting to look at the video before deciding whether to appeal or not.

But we dealt with the situation by taking a striker off and the boys were absolutely fantastic. We kept our shape well, kept pressing and scored a cracking goal through Jamie Godbold.

Even after this we kept pressing and were unfortunate not to get an equaliser. They were dead on their feet at the end and the lads did the club proud.

The fans were fantastic on the day as well. They were very, very vocal again, got behind us and made themselves heard all game - which was a big boost for the boys.

That goal from Jamie was an important goal - and I'm sure Whitley Bay would rather have come up here with a two goal lead. So we may have lost the first leg, but it's only half time.

The boys' attitude and discipline on the day was awesome - and we have to show that again on Saturday. They are the favourites, and we have a hill to climb, but we are really looking forward to it.

We trained hard at Colney (Norwich City's training ground) on Tuesday, which Craig Fleming organised for us. Ian Crook took the session with Flem and Neil Adams, with Paul Crichton taking the goalkeepers for a session.

It was fantastic. The boys worked really hard and there was also training at Crown Meadow on Thursday to prepare for Saturday.

It is a big ask, and we have a big job ahead of us on Saturday, but we are still very positive. We know they are a good side and are under no illusions.

But a lot of their side were celebrating at the end of the game and that was a bit premature in our eyes. It is still very hard to call at half time.

The fans can play a massive part. I'm sure they'd all like an early goal but we have to stay calm and must not get frustrated. Be patient and be vocal - that's the message!

Hopefully the place will be packed and we want Crown Meadow rocking on Saturday. Let's make it a party-style atmosphere as we know what the prize is.

We're looking forward to it. It's a massive game, the biggest game of the season. And while it will be tough the lads want that prize, but we'll have to make sure we're right in every department - our whole attention is on Whitley Bay.

Poppy will be available and we'll prepare as we have done for every Vase game in the past couple of years with a breakfast brunch meeting for all the squad at the Meadow at 11am.

The last call is to the fans - do what you normally do and make the Crown Meadow rock!

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