Chairman's programme notes vs. Carlisle
I remember well the last time we met Carlisle, back in December, when we emerged victorious with a 3-2 win at Brunton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy. Since that time, our squad has improved immeasurably.
Our last four matches in Sky Bet League Two have seen a return of four points, an unmerited tally given our performances in these games.
It was one-way traffic in the second half at Yeovil followed by a display at Cheltenham which deserved more.
Most of you reading this programme will have witnessed our last home match to Plymouth, in which we controlled and penned the Pilgrims into their own half in overwhelming spells.
Tuesday night’s match at Colchester was quite extraordinary with the amount of chances we had in front of goal, yet we were unable to find the net.
You do need a little bit of luck in football and maybe lady luck has not been with us in these last four games. Whenever an unjustified spell is experienced, you need to increase your standards even higher and work even harder than ever before. The goals will come. As soon as we score one, I know that many more will follow.
Tuesday night’s visit to Essex enabled me to visit another new ground and I was impressed by the set-up at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Speaking to the Colchester chairman, it was interesting to see that they fielded five players from their under 21s’ set-up in the starting line-up. The system is working well down there and has taken some time for it to evolve, but I think it could be a good model to emulate. It’s not always easy for chairmen at football clubs to make academies a top priority as most clubs’ supporters demand instant success. We have a current category four academy and I am determined to continue to build our infrastructure to gain category two status, ultimately.
But here at One Call Stadium, I have always maintained that I want this club to wash its own face, making it self-sufficient with various income streams so the club can not only survive but prosper without the need of regular financial injections from a sole individual.
Come on you Stags!