What a fantastic day for the boys and one they will remember for a long time. I thought our tremendous team spirit shone through as the togetherness of the goal celebrations showed as well as the squad euphoria at the sound of the final whistle. To be honest, personally, I was pleased but not overjoyed with the day...that may sound weird but I am not a manager......I am a coach.... and as a coach I believe performance always matters more than the result...I know we can perform better than we did...we didn't control the midfield as well as I had hoped...and we didn't use the ball as well as I know we can.... but that said I am well aware that when your playing a final it is the result that makes such a huge difference to how the rest of the population feel !
Player performance wise I thought Shane deserved his MOM award and it was especially pleasing as he was the one player who was showing the most nerves on the way to the ground and in the minutes before the game....that to me shows a strength of character. Jordan and Anton stepped up to the plate and stood shoulder to shoulder with Shane...their strength and creativeness on that left side was awesome to watch...Reece looked a good player as well as notching his first goal for the club (what a great strike !)... Kane also looked strong as he pulled off two great saves to show what a good keeper he is capable of being. Every player gave their all today and it was that will to compete and work for your team mates that eventually swayed the tie.
I believe we were good value for the win and we were for the majority the side attacking while Worcester played more on the counter attack. Both sides hit the woodwork but their keeper was the busier and the whole of the Worcester side had to work very hard to stay competing in the game. The referee gave some strange decisions...mostly in Worcester's favour but to their credit our lads just knuckled down and got on with it.
I am really really pleased for all the players....they have worked very hard over the season on improving themselves as individuals and ultimately as a team. Im also pleased for the parents and family members who have travelled the length and breadth of the country to watch over the season...remember....only four months to go until it all starts again...but if the end result is how your lad is feeling tonight....its more than worth it.
Well done to all