Step on the Gaz
PUBLISHED: 12:32 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
WE RE playing with no fear or pressure at the moment, and you could really see the difference between Hull and ourselves last Saturday. In some ways, when you re going for promotion, it can be better to play another team at the top rather than one who kno
WE'RE playing with no fear or pressure at the moment, and you could really see the difference between Hull and ourselves last Saturday.
In some ways, when you're going for promotion, it can be better to play another team at the top rather than one who know they're not going up or down.
It took Hull a long time to get into the game and, while it was disappointing to let in another late goal, that feeling didn't last long.
We were a bit fortunate with the goal, after all, and a point there was a great result when you consider we were missing the likes of Rowan and Akos.
By the end of the game we were a bit thin on the ground for strikers and, while we've got a good core of about 16 outstanding players, we need about 21 or 22.
That's something that will be addressed for next season - and so, I'm sure, will the question of why we've let in so many late goals. But for those, I'm sure the play-offs would still be a live prospect.
Charlton are still in with a chance of the top six, but I think their season has been disappointing overall and it's not helped that teams tend to raise their game against a side that's just come out of the Premier League.
Like Hull, the pressure will certainly be more on them than us on Saturday and, in the same way, if we can pick up a result against Charlton - again - that's something to be proud of.
It'll be welcome back to Cookie of course, assuming he plays, and I hope he gets a good reception after what he did for this club. He's an Rs man through and through and he's well aware of the rumours that he'll be coming back permanently.
But I'm sure he won't let that affect him and he'll be doing his best to get a result for Charlton. If selected I'm looking forward to playing against him - and my former Wimbledon team-mate, Ben Thatcher.
We used to have a few good battles in training, so it'd be good to rekindle those on Saturday.
I always enjoy playing in derby matches and, without wishing ill to any team, it'd be nice to have a few more derbies next season.
If Fulham find themselves in the Championship next year that's certainly one we'd all be relishing - and hopefully we'll have Chelsea to come in the not too distant future as well!