Captain's Column: It's squeaky bum time
This is the time of the season that Sir Alex Ferguson once famously called ‘squeaky bum time’.
For now is when league titles are won and lost, team’s fall ever closer to the relegation trap door and promotions are there to be grasped.
Personally it is my favourite time of the year, I just love it.
When you glance at the league table there are plenty of teams who will fancy themselves to gain promotion. The pressure is on and we have the experience to deal with it.
Whether we draw on our charge to the Blue Square Premier title last season or winning our way into the play-offs the season before, we know how to deal with the big occasion.
Easter weekend is notorious for deciding the fate of a football season and with back-to-back games to look forward to over the Bank Holiday Weekend, it certainly will go a long way into shaping our very own.
We know what taking six points from these two games would mean to our season and we will be doing all we can to make sure that happens.
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Both games will be tough as we travel to Southend United on Friday before hosting Port Vale at the Lamex Stadium next Monday. With two games in quick succession it is vital that we as players get things right both on and off the pitch.
Recovery will be vital and every player will take different measures to ensure they are in tip-top condition for both matches. Typical methods include drinking protein shakes, carbohydrate loading, gym cool-downs and the dreaded ice-bath.
It is also a time when the squad system plays an important part and with virtually a fully fit squad to pick from the gaffer has plenty of hungry players at his disposal.
The sessions at the training ground are more intense than ever as everybody wants to play their part in our promotion push.
The last two games have produced two disappointing 2-2 draws, firstly away at Stockport County and then again at home to Aldershot Town last Saturday.
The game at Stockport saw yours truly open the scoring and in doing so continue my goalscoring streak when we have stayed at Mottram Hall.
It was my sixth goal of the season and equalled my best personal goal return so I will be going all out to score a seventh in the important games to come.
The character the lads showed to come back from 2-1 down at Stockport was evident again when we equalised against Aldershot.
The never-say-die attitude we have shown throughout the season is what separates the winners from the also-rans. No player in our squad will accept defeat and every player fights tooth and nail until the final whistle is blown.
We are giving our all to win promotion and to take the club to new heights and League One football.
These are exciting times so it would be great to see even more new faces down at the Lamex Stadium for the Port Vale game cheering us on.
So until next time...