Step on the Gaz
PUBLISHED: 12:12 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
IT S not a label you d want to wear, but I think we must hold the record for the incredible number of times we ve turned victory into defeat this season. Even though we were so in command at Hillsborough on Saturday, there was a bit of visible panic when
IT'S not a label you'd want to wear, but I think we must hold the record for the incredible number of times we've turned victory into defeat this season.
Even though we were so in command at Hillsborough on Saturday, there was a bit of visible panic when Sheffield Wednesday got the equaliser - it seemed to worry us much more than it should.
You've got to stay cool in your head and believe in what you're doing. In terms of football, I think we can play anyone off the pitch, but this is definitely a mental state that we do need to work on.
Wednesday took a massive gamble, sticking two subs on just before half-time, and it paid dividends. Of course, that's the worst time to concede and, just as we did against Burnley, we ended up losing the game.
The afternoon didn't end too well, either, with Hogan getting sent off and, whereas I didn't think the incident was too bad at the time, after watching it again on TV, the red card looked justified.
I think it's good to see a bit of fire and aggression in a young player, but at the same time it wasn't the right way to react and Hogan knows that. I've no doubt he'll learn from that and turn a negative into a positive.
One of the positives from Saturday was Damo's goal - he gets forward well and he's been threatening to score for a while.
I've played against him a few times in training and he typifies what we want to be all about - lots of energy, enthusiasm and consistency.
Blackpool on Tuesday was nearly more of the same - we got into a winning position, but seem to have a problem holding it, especially when the opposing manager makes substitutions.
Overall, though, I felt we did deserve to win the game - our attacking play was much better and I'll take hanging on for 3-2 again when we play Scunthorpe.
We saw a never-say-die attitude from the likes of Barnsley and Cardiff in the FA Cup last weekend and it's fantastic to think that there'll be at least one Championship side in the final.
Simon Davey's a friend of mine, so Barnsley have to be my favourites. But the fact that none of the big clubs are going to win the Cup is no bad thing, as they haven't always treated it seriously - and it shows how strong this league has become.
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