I was watching on the big screen at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night, and it was a great atmosphere, loads of people turned out for it. It was so well supported that it was a bit of an anti-climax in the end with a lot of disappointed fans, but I think we can be proud of the lads for getting us in that position in the first place.
The Manager said afterwards that he was disappointed but proud, and I think that’s an accurate way of looking at things. It was obviously gutting to go out on the night, particularly with the way they scored. That key decision could have gone either way. I’m a little bit biased but I don’t think it should have been a penalty because Kalas’ hand was pushed to the ball.
Reading did have another opportunity with the open goal, and when they missed that I thought we’d go on and win, but they managed to cling on and in the end it wasn’t our day. In both games, they came to frustrate us. They were going to do whatever they could to reach the Final, whether it looks good or not, whether it means kicking us off the pitch, and fair play to them. Good luck to them in the Final, although I obviously want Huddersfield to win, not that I’m bitter!
It is what it is though, and players need to use this experience in the future, although hopefully we’ll go up without needing the Play-Offs next year. Take away the disappointment of Tuesday night, we’ve seen a massive improvement from the squad, the Club, the staff. I think the fans will look back on it as a good season. I hate dwelling on things, so we just have to put it behind us and give it another go next season.
You can’t take anything away from the lads, the run they’ve been on this season, particularly since Christmas, it’s brought a lot of smiles and happiness to the fans. There have been some great performances home and away, but now the pressure is on to build on that next season and fight for automatic promotion. That will be the focus now. Let’s not see the Play-Offs as a negative, let’s use it as a positive and go into the new season knowing that we’re in good shape.
In the aftermath of the match, I think our fans have been a credit to themselves, appreciating the season for what it was. There wasn’t any anger, no hostility towards the players. It was just pure frustration about not making it to the Final, I think that was the main thing for a lot of the fans, that trip to Wembley. Never mind about getting into the Premier League, for many it was more having a day out at Wembley seeing as we haven’t done that since 1975.
There have been so many highlights this season. Norwich and Huddersfield away from home were great days, and the two 5-0s at home stand out for me, but I think the main highlight has been how entertaining we are. We’ve scored many goals and played some really, really exciting football. We’ve moved the ball quickly and incisively, and we’ve got a lot of technical players which has led to so many memorable moments. It’s been a pleasure to watch.
It’s three weeks today that we set off for Amsterdam, and I’m bricking it! I got my bike literally two days ago, did a nine-mile ride and it was an emotional rollercoaster for me! At one point I was going to run away to a desert island and not do it, but the stubborn person I am I’m going to get through it, getting as much training in as I can before then. If you'd like to sponsor us, it is for a very worthy cause and would be hugely appreciated by all of us.
Many thanks for all your support this season, I hope you all have a fantastic summer, and here's to an even better 2017/18!