LOWESTOFT FC: We showed great spirit

CHAPPO'S CORNERAFTER two hard away games we've got some more points on the board. At VCD on Saturday, it was always going to be tough. A lot had been said prior to the game but it just inspired us even more.


AFTER two hard away games we've got some more points on the board.

At VCD on Saturday, it was always going to be tough. A lot had been said prior to the game but it just inspired us even more. We knew it was going to be tough and we approached it in the best way and the boys were first class on the day - absolutely top drawer.

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They had their fair share of player but they didn't get a shot on goal all game. They had a little bit of possession at times but they never hurt us.

Defensively we were excellent and stuck in two good goals as well. We got a great start through Matt Nolan with a penalty after Joe Francis was brought down.

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In the second half, Jamie Godbold got on the end of one to make it 2-0 and we had other opportunities to increase the lead, but it was a very professional job as well.

Defensively we were great and we hurt them going forward as well. 2-0, a clean sheet and a really good performance.

Tuesday night at Potters Bar Town was one of those games where the pitch was heavy, the wind got up, the rain came down and they set their stall out early and got people behind the ball.

They broke early when they had the opportunity and they got their tails up when they scored.

We were on the back foot in the first half. We started quite well for the first ten, but we sat back a bit and few passes went astray and we started to get a bit frustrated.

They caught us with a sucker punch from 30 yards with a chip over Andy Reynolds and you could see from the way they celebrated the goal it was going to give them a lift and you'd have thought they'd won the World Cup the way they celebrated!

But we had to deal with it and the boys got a bit of a gee-up at half-time and one or two had to do more than they had in the first-half.

In the second-half we upped it a gear, but we were pushing forward and were not getting the breaks and as our final ball was letting us down, they were looking dangerous on the break.

We stuck to it and what we were impressive with was the character. We could have quite easily dropped our heads five minutes from time as Danny Bloomfield got on the end of one and didn't do anything wrong with a left-foot volley, but the keeper stuck an arm out and made an unbelievable save.

It was easy to think it was going to be one of those nights. But we showed a lot of character and after a great ball in from the right-hand side from Godders, there was Gary McGee doing what he does best and getting on the end of things and putting in a great finish.

The boys showed a lot of character and never-say-die attitude and we're looking at it as a point gained.

Some people expect you to win every game, but that's impossible - fantasy football. In reality, you're not going to win every game, but in the games you don't play quite so well you can still eke out points.

Let's look at the positive not the negatives and it was a hard-earned point.

We've got two more away games to come against Ilford tomorrow and then Brentwood on Tuesday.

We're coming to the business end of the season now and we're in a good position. As Ilford beat us early in the season people will talk about revenge but it's not about that, it's about three points.

We're top of the table but we've got to finish the job we started and remain there and we're looking forward to tomorrow.

Myself, Ady, Flem and Dave and all the first team and every one at the club would like to wish, Billy Slater, a young player in our U15s all the best after his accident.

We hope he has a speedy recovery.

Micky Chapman was speaking to Jonathan Redhead

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