THE 4-0 victory over York City on Tuesday night has made today’s trip to Plymouth a very exciting one in our bid for promotion.
We have enjoyed a great week with nine points from three games and it was particularly good to end any questions raised about our home form with a convincing win at the Kassam Stadium.
I was keen for us to get a result that would give us the chance to finish today’s game in second.
But due to results elsewhere, we have managed to achieve that earlier than we hoped.
I have stressed the importance of focusing on ourselves rather than what other teams are doing, but it was a night when everything went in our favour.
I told the players in the dressing room that if they could match York for the first hour, the game would open up and we would be able to take the game away from them.
That’s exactly how it panned out.
I was proud of a professional performance from the team.
It wasn’t a game for outstanding individual performances, but each player was integral to what could be a key victory for us.
One of the most pleasing aspects for me was the work rate, which was back to where it was at the start of the season.
We have had two games a week for the past five weeks, which has meant we have had to utilise the squad as a whole.
With the exception of the game against Accrington, I have been happy with the consistency all the players have shown.
The York game was totally different to the Wimbledon fixture.
Tuesday was much more of a game for playing football, whereas on Saturday we had to defend balls coming into our box from all over the pitch.
It was fantastic to get the result, which for me was one of the best this season.
We are now into the most crucial part of the campaign.
It is essential that we maintain our composure and stick to the plan that has allowed us to sit in the top seven of the table throughout the year.
I am sure there will be more twists and turns in the final 12 games and it is going to make for an exciting few months.
We face Plymouth today in what should be great game for near 2,000 travelling fans.
We are both sides who want to play good football with the added excitement of us both fighting for a place in the top two.
The onus is on them as the home side and they will be looking for a reaction following their loss to Barnet midweek.
There is only goal difference between us at the moment.
Sir Alex Ferguson always referred to goal difference as an extra point on the board and this is something we should be mindful of to ensure we don’t give away sloppy goals, particularly with it being so tight at the top.