LOWESTOFT FC: Fine display, great result

PUBLISHED: 11:49 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:57 06 July 2010


IT was a big game for us on Saturday away at Ilford as one of our games in hand and we knew it was really important that we made it count.


IT was a big game for us on Saturday away at Ilford as one of our games in hand and we knew it was really important that we made it count.

To be fair the boys were first class. The pitch wasn't the greatest and we knew it was going to be tough to play quality football and we knew we had to play in the right areas and we knew we had to go out there and do our jobs.

They raised their game against us, but we started really well and played some great football.

But totally against the run of play, on the counter attack we went 1-0 down. It would have been easy to panic, but the boys kept their cool and carried on doing what they had been doing and all credit to them, they were fantastic.

And we scored an equaliser before half-time through Gary Holt. An inswinging corner and Holty came steaming in to volley one in to the roof of the net and then got the second goal.

It was a great run through Dale Cockrill and he was wiped out by the goalkeeper. It was a clear penalty and the boy got booked and I think that was the correct decision.

We got the penalty and Matt Nolan stuck it away.

In the last ten minutes leading up to half-time we could have gone in four or five goals up. We said to the boys they needed to be more clinical at times in the final third.

We said just keep going and that's exactly what they did. The second half they went out with the same attitude and took the game to Ilford straight from the kick-off and got a third goal and that killed them off.

After that you could see Ilford heads drop and it was a good goal through Jamie Godbold. It was a good move and he volleyed into the bottom corner.

A fantastic day at the office and it was so important. A hard-earned but fully deserved three points.

Another game chalked off and another three points closer to what we're trying to achieve. We're all proud of the boys and they did their jobs.

We also had about 85 fans there as well - some teams don't get that many for home games! They've been first class and we can't praise the supporters enough. They make such a difference to the boys and it was great to see that many people there again so a big thank you to them.

We can say thank you publically and keep producing results and performances but ultimately the biggest thank you we can give them is to achieve what we want to achieve.

We're getting closer as each game goes by and there's still a long way to go. We've still got seven games because unfortunately our game at Brentwood on Tuesday was cancelled because of a waterlogged pitch.

We've now got a run of four home games on the trot starting tomorrow against Redbridge.

We've pointed out to the lads that three of our defeats this season have come at home against sides in the bottom half of the table.

We're certainly not going to be taking anything for granted. Redbridge are down there at the bottom fighting for survival but had a fantastic result last Saturday against East Thurrock so we won't be taking them lightly.

On Monday we've got Maldon and the following week we've got Cheshunt and they're three sides in the bottom half but we've come unstuck against sides like that this year so we've got to make sure we're right.

There certainly won't be any complacency. We know what's at stake, we know how important every point is now and every game we play is another one chalked off.

We've got to make sure for every game we get the result we want. The fans can play their part as well. We've just finished a long run of away games and we've done well.

A lot of travelling and some important points picked up and now the fans, who have been awesome, have got an opportunity to see us at home and we've got a fantastic opportunity.

We know the mathematics of the position we're in, but the reality is we've got seven games left and we want to win every single one.

It's no different now than it was at the start of the season. At the start of the season you go into it to win every single game and it's exactly what we're trying to do now.

We want to produce a performance and take the points from every game we play, but we know it's hard to do that because there are some good sides in this league.

You can't relax or lose focus or take anybody lightly.

If we do right individually and do our jobs we know we can hurt anybody this year and we've got a great chance of picking up the points we want.

Micky Chapman was talking to Jonathan Redhead

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