Late goals are best feel­ing in the game

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.

Deep

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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