“And it continues” – Zinedine Zidane
March has mostly revolved around the cup competitions. We started with a tough game away to West Brom. Whom have had a great campaign, as they have been floating around the Europa League spots. Rom got the opener against his former club and they made us work hard. A very well organised side. Forcing us into a replay at Goodison.
Before that replay we had two games to squeeze at Goodison Park. Big crowds were expected
for the Schalke game. The crowd was our twelve man that evening. They really drove the team home and we secured a victory without giving away any away goals. The victory which see’s smash through any expectations as we progress through to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League.
The Stoke game was fairly quiet in the first half with not a lot happening at either end.
However in the second we really pushed on and secured what ended up being a comfortable victory. Very pleased to see Van Ginkel continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.
We knew what to expect from West Brom in the replay and they made just as hard for us this time around. The game was a very tightly contested match and took us all the way through to extra time and penalties. The boys remained calm throughout and just focused on what they needed to do.
Swansea have struggled for most of the season but can always pose a threat, so we knew we had to be on the top of our game as we travelled to the Liberty stadium. I was very happy for Jagielka to get both of the goals. The captain has been fantastic for us this season, even though he isn’t starting anywhere near the amount of games he has been used to. He’s been a great leader both on and off the pitch.
Player of the Month
As I mentioned previously, Jagielka has been fantastic for us recently. He has been ready for whenever I have called upon and given the team 100% every game he plays. The good form of Balanta and Jones limits his game time, he has not grumbled at this. He has been a great role model , a credit to both his club and his country.