Town won their first match in three this afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Brighton. Charlie Austin scored the winner in the 71st minute, slotting in a low shot from 10 yards. This goal took his tally to 14 for the season and will hopefully restore his confidence in front of goal, as he had failed to score since the home win against Carlisle on the 20th February.
It will be interesting to see the full extent of the hamstring injuries to Lucas and Perciard who were both replaced before half time. Also whether Danny Ward will recover from his concussion before Tuesday’s game at Southampton. The squad lacks depth and although Marshall, Smith and Easton did well after coming off the bench today, Southampton will present much stronger opponents. I’ve yet to be convinced by Marshall and Smith this season, albeit they have only had limited chances to impress.
In addition to the welcomed win, we were fortunate other results went our way today. MK Dons could only draw 3-3 at Brentford, Norwich beat Huddersfield 3-1 at The Galpharm and taking Hudderfield’s unbeaten home record, also Colchester surprisingly lost 2-1 at Carlisle. Town therefore stay in the play-off positions in 6th place, with a 5 point gap to 7th place Huddersfield. A very helpful gap considering our next two games which I’d be more than happy with 2 points.
Every team goes through a rough patch. Therefore let’s hope the recent winless run won’t be repeated and we can push on for the play-off position we deserve.