he two first game of the month were against teams from the bottom half of the league and games we very much needed to win to keep our momentum going. I was worrying about complacency and that the team would start to look ahead and the still increasing injury list.
We got extremely lucky at The Den
in the game against 4th placed team Millwall FC
. Millwall were clearly the better team on the day and we were lucky to score the equalizer a minute into extra time of the squeaky bum time. The late goal not just gave us the draw but also extended our 16 games unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship
and secured us at least a playoff spot.
The long season was finally getting to us as players started to drop left and right due to injuries.
Worst it looked for our backup Brazilian keeper Luciano
had been sitting on the bench behind Dejan Stojanovic
for the last couple of weeks and now he hurt his knee in practice and was ruled out for 6-7 months.
That’s a long time for any player and a VERY long time for a 35-year old backup player.
The loss finally came to Nottingham Forest
. They scored three goals in a first half where we struggled to get hold of the ball.
The week after we bounced back with the help from Shaun Batt
who again scored twice in the win against Bournemouth
. That was his goals # 29 and 30 of the season.
That was also the last game of the month and we got a much needed break to try to reorganize and get some tired players back to full health.
In the first game of April we lost our only backup striker Ettore Mendicino
for the remainder of the season due to injury. We were now down to just two strikers in The Batt 6.0
and David Mooney
for the remaining five games. We could not afford any more injuries at this point.
The week after we were to play a huge game at home against QPR
. both fans and players were aware that a win would guarantee us Barclays Premier League
football next season. We still struggled to field a competitive team due to injuries and not even the sellout crowd could lift us to victory. We failed to get the point we needed but with two goals from Sheff Wed
striker Emil Hesky
against Millwall FC
it didn't matter.
had won promotion to the Barclays Premier League
for the first time in team history.
just three days later and we could simply not field a team with first team players in game shape. We had four players from the U18 and U21 in the starting lineup and another three on the bench. We managed to come away with a 1-1 draw
That meant that we had a completely rested team the week after when we played the Wolves
. We won the game 3-0 and took home the second title in two years.
In perhaps the best game since I took over as manager the team won 7-3 against Birmingham
on the road in a game where Moses Odubajo
scored a hattrick and Shaun Batt
added another two goals to his scoring account.
We finished the season in front of a full packed home stadium and for the second year in a row managed the magical 100 points for the season. The only thing that made our back-to-back promotions a little less impressive was that Wolves
did the same. They had moved up together with us the year before from the League 1
and now managed to secure a place in the Barclays Premier League
next season after finishing “just” 5th in the league, 24 points behind us.