John Ryan: Championship is the place to be

John Ryan
John Ryan

What a great day Easter Monday was, knocking back a fellow promotion contender and taking the three points ourselves.

It was also good to see a healthy crowd despite the early kick off and the fact the game was going out live on Sky and also over on ITV they were showing the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The boys put in a barnstorming performance and it was great to see big Jamie McCombe score his first goal for us with a powerful header. We know he can hit the back of the net because he has done so at two of his previous high profile clubs, Bristol City and Huddersfield Town.

We are now really entering the final straight as we entertain Tranmere Rovers on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s re-arranged game with Carlisle United. Two home games and with the final three fixtures also looking potential tough ones, then we at best need all six points.

We go to Crewe on April 13, then entertain Notts County and then hopefully before we go to Brentford we have sewn up automatic promotion back into the Championship after just one season away.

The Championship is the place to be and I have been looking down the table and the potential fixtures are mouth watering along with the three clubs who get relegated from the Premier League. We also want Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town to stay up and in the ideal world for Sheffield United to go up with us and then we can enjoy once more some real Yorkshire derbies.

I must praise Dean Furman for his contribution on Monday and the Oldham loanee’s performance when he came on in the second half against Coventry City. Our performance in the first half on Good Friday was disappointing and then in the second half we were very unlucky not to come away with all three points. Their goal led a charmed life and it was one of those games in football that was never going to be fruitful.

It was a real team performance against Swindon Town and the way we shut out the league’s leading goalscorers was superb. They never had one meaningful shot on target and our back four were superb.

I must praise Chris Brown for his perfect centre forward’s showing against Swindon and how he didn’t score with that bullet header I will never know.

Let’s try on Saturday and beat the 8,000 plus crowd we had on Monday and really get behind the team now has we go all out for our major goal as soon as is possible.

Rovers Till I Die

John Ryan