Late goals are best feeling in the game
YOU can imagine what type of journey home Yeovil had last week. Leading Derby 2-1 after 87 minutes, they went back down the motorway having lost 3-2, the final goal coming in injury time.
It’s the most sickening way to lose a match. But it’s also the most exhilarating way to win one.
Funnily enough, when I got promotion with QPR, the best result of our entire season was a draw.
We went to Derby quite early in the season, and they completely played us off the park. They were brilliant. They scored two goals, looked like they’d get more and we hardly had a look in.
Then, out of nothing, we got one back in the 91st minute. Paddy Kenny then made a brilliant save for us and straight from his kick we went up the pitch and Jamie Mackie scored a 94thminute equaliser.
The dressing room was absolutely buzzing – you’d have thought we’d just won the league.
And looking back, I think that was the result that gave us all the belief we could do something special. I bet that last-minute goal from Chris Martin will have done exactly the same for Steve McClaren and Derby.
That said, I think the limit of their ambition is probably a place in the play-offs. For me, the Championship is a two-horse race now. I just don’t see any other squads as talented or as deep as QPR and especially Leicester, who went eight points clear in midweek.
When you’re that far ahead, your confidence is bullet proof.You know you have a good enough team to win the league.
That season at QPR was the only time in my career when I woke up on Saturday thinking I would win every game, home or away. I remember at the time thinking:“This must be what Alex Ferguson feels like”. It’s that knowledge that you’re better than anybody else.
I’m sure Nigel Pearson feels the same . He’s got his team playing well, scratching out results. All they’ve got to do is keep their bottle and see the job through.
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