I said before the opening game at Salisbury that I wouldn’t be too disappointed with a draw up there. It was one of those games that could have gone either way: in the end a draw was a fair result. I put Lee Farrell on from the start and he put a good shot in early on which the keeper saved with his fingertips - he’d had a good pre-season, so I wanted to give him a chance, especially since Siggy (Jean-Michel Sigere) and Jamie Cade had only played the equivalent of a game and a half each. We started dominating the game in the second half, but they got a penalty against the run of play. Wilko (goalkeeper Paul Wilkinson) was indecisive. He came out, then went back again then came out again and fouled their striker. It was only a yellow because the guy was going away from goal. They scored the penalty and suddenly we had it all to do.

I made two changes and it made a difference straight away. I took off Lee Farrell and Jay Saunders and brought on Simon Wormull and Siggy, neither of whom were fit enough yet to play a full game. We immediately started passing better, and we had a little spell in which we made several good chances. We’ve been working a lot on counter-attacking in training, and I was very pleased with our equaliser. It came from a three-pass movement: Wormull found Boothy (Paul Booth) with a long pass, Siggy ran in and knocked in the cross. It’s nice to see something you’ve worked on pay dividends. There were a few chances either end after that, and Wilko redeemed himself with a brilliant point-blank save. We played OK, we didn’t play particularly well. Even so they were saying afterwards that we were the best side they’d played there in years. (continued overleaf)...


Steve King “I know exactly what it will take to win the Championship”