You can always swing it both ways though, If McGoldrick was fit I'm not sure we would have got Sears who's scored 8 since he's been here. Some might of said we'll do well to finish to top 6 with those players out.
I think that's harsh, the game was awkward and difficult for us to approach. We couldn't go for it too much because of what was at stake and we couldn't sit back too much, so we were caught between two stools a bit.
I think this is a vital point, imagine going onto the pitch as a player knowing all your hard work could be undone by poor game management in one fixture. Brentford did it yesterday by playing out from the back and got caught out, no doubt they will look back if they miss out and think "we were 2-1 up, what were we doing?"
It was always going to be this type of game, and I'd say we got it just about right in terms of set up albeit were a touch too conservative at times, particularly second half. I do agree Mings was poor, he was too sleepy yesterday and found Iorfa (who I thought was impressive) a handful.
If this was a game during the middle of the season I would be annoyed at how we played but I could understand why we played the way we did.
If we played great and lost 2-1 we would all be gutted.
I Know what you mean. I do think the play-offs bring a bit of a different pressure and maybe they would feel more expectation than us and therefore struggle. Its difficult to analyse it all, we've got a chance against anyone, lets put it that way.
I echo this as I've said, if we end up playing Norwich then brilliant, I'll be rubbing my hands because of the enormity of the game, you cant not be excited by that prospect. At the same time we've had a long, hard season and to miss out on promotion would a huge disappointment.
Norwich for me over two legs would prove the most difficult of the teams up their. That isn't to say I'm 'scared' because we underperformed twice against them and I believe we can give them a much better game than we have done.
We can insult as much as we like but they probably have the strongest squad in the league, nothing wrong with being honest. Would rather say this than kid myself by talking out of my backside.
I think Martin's injury is the reason he should be in it. The fact Derby went down hill for a while proves just how much he's worth to them. Its not as if he went on a barren spell and didn't score for a few games. He would be right up their with Murphy on the goal scoring front had he not been unlucky.
Not entirely, sounds tough but I wouldn't be massively confident going into games against Forest and Blackburn (two capable sides on their day) with just a point gap between us and Brentford who I think will have too much for Bolton. It rests on the Brentford game in a way, if they fail to win a draw for us would be fine.
I agree albeit reluctantly. The reality is that since Alex Neil came in they would be top, they're bang in form. I kind of want them up because they're the only team in the top 6 I think we could find it tough against. I don't like them, I don't like saying that but its how I feel.
If we were to meet in the play-offs then that's fine, and pretty mouth watering so would be a great spectacle. The ideal scenario would be for them to go up in 2nd, us to go up through the play-offs then do the double over them in the Premier League!
The weird thing is I can recall him doing that kind of thing for Bristol City on quite a few occasions. Certainly has the technical ability to score those type of goals, surprised that's only his first, but then we do use him in quite a deep position.