Honesty From Gooch

Lynden Gooch produced a much-improved performance against Portsmouth on Saturday, but also admitted that his recent form has been poor. “I’ve been out of form for a while, I’ve been under scrutiny from the fans a lot and rightly so, they know I’m what capable of and what I can bring on my day. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to play at the best like at the start of the season, that’s been really frustrating for me but on Saturday I thought I did well considering I came into the side late. I created some good opportunities for us to score. I was really enjoying it every time I got the ball and was running at them and creating chances. On another day I could have had a couple of assists but the main thing was getting the win. I found about 10 minutes into the warm-up, but I knew there was a slight chance that either me or Chris (Maguire) could be involved if Geads was struggling,” he said. “You just have to prepare right and be ready if the chance comes. Everyone knows (Maguire’s) quality. He came on and was brilliant, fair play to him. Even (in the) first half I thought I did well, tried to keep it simple and created a few chances. I tried to use my energy and in the second half I thought I was playing well, hopefully I can take that forward. We’ve played them a lot this season and played well every time, even down (at) their place (in December) we played well up until the red card (for Glenn Loovens),” said Gooch. “We know we’re good enough and we showed that again. We were really solid after the red, really compact, everyone worked really hard off the ball. The lads were brilliant, had some good chances and were unlucky not to score another one. We were unlucky not to score just before Chris came on, then we dug deep with ten and got the result.”

Meanwhile, Jack Ross is looking forward to a few hard days on the training ground, before the players head to Portsmouth for the second leg. “There’s character in that dressing room from the players and staff,” he said. “People have had to work had to be involved again and be a part of this club and they did that again at the weekend. Saturday was just one step towards achieving our goal. We’ve got another difficult one on Thursday, but we want to make sure we have another one after that too. All season long the players have shown a real desire to get this club promoted. We came into the game on Saturday with that determination and we got our rewards. Now, we’ve got to show the same level again on Thursday.”