Young guns provide plenty of ammunition
Last Friday night saw us take on Accrington Stanley at home under the floodlights. It proved to be a very fruitful evening with three important League Two points.
You could say it wasn't the most exciting or colourful of displays but ultimately, especially at this stage of the season and with our recent home form, it was the three points that mattered.
Although the main objective of a win was attained, one other success for the evening was the full League debut of Jake Gosling.
Everyone was very pleased and proud of him as he is such a great kid, and it won't be too long before we see debuts from more of the talented group of young lads we have at the club.
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Not only are they all talented, they are also great to have around the place too. They are all up for a laugh and take any ribbing that comes their way with great poise.
Gos and Jamie Reid are inseparable. They are as thick as thieves, as they say, with thick being the operative word. It is safe to say they are not the sharpest tools in the box and they never cease to provide countless hours of comedy gold.
I did feel for Gos not so long ago, though, when I asked him who his best mate was. We were eating lunch and there was a fair crowd in there.
He replied that Reidy was and at that exact moment Reidy walked through the door.
The timing couldn't be more perfect. I proceeded to ask Reidy if Gos was his best mate, to which he replied no. Everybody rolled around in fits of laughter – everyone except Gos, who looked distraught.
You had to feel for him but it wasn't until after that Reidy told us he'd heard the conversation before walking in and completely stitched his "best mate" up. Brilliant.
These young pros make up the majority of our reserve squad and I think it is definitely worth mentioning how well they are all doing.
The work ethic and dedication these young lads have shown since I have been at the club is incredible.
On Wednesday night, they beat a very good Swansea team away from home. Some of the boys didn't get in until the early hours but they were back in training first thing the next morning.
They get on with things without fuss and I thoroughly enjoy working with them on a daily basis. There is no reason why every single one can't go on to have a successful career.
Another positive to take out of last week's game against Accrington was Rhys Evans getting some game time in goal. He has waited patiently and worked very hard while being out of the team, so I was pleased for him.
I've known Rhys a very long time, since we were both schoolboys playing for Chelsea. He is only a year older than me, which might come as a surprise to some as he looks at least ten years older.
We laugh at him constantly as he swears non-stop in training if he lets a goal in. I love him to death but I often feel the need to wind him up as it is so easy to do so and, when he loses his temper, it is hilarious to see.
You could say he is a typical 'keeper in that there is something not quite right in his head. It is common knowledge in football that all 'keepers are a little strange.
This was evident on Monday as I arrived at the Cat and Fiddle with the sound of a saxophone coming from the canteen/gym/rehab area.
This not being a normal sound I hear at the Cat, I decided to investigate. Upon opening the door of the canteen, Rhys is standing there, looking like Lisa from the Simpsons playing the saxophone with music stand and all.
It's a sight I have never seen at any training ground in all my years as a player. To say he is different is an understatement, not for learning to play the sax but the fact he has brought it into training. What was he thinking?
He makes it too easy for everyone to take the mick. Fair play to him, though, all I could musically conquer at school was the triangle.
We are close approaching what could arguably be the most important period of the season with so many games coming up in quick succession throughout March.
It starts today at Burton. It is shaping up to be an interesting game, with both teams enjoying rich home and away form respectively. I know it's a game that everybody is looking forward to and, with your continued support as the twelfth man, let's hope we all have a great weekend.