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A note from the Chairman

8 April 2018

Saturday’s result against Derby was very disappointing and as the manager said, it hurts us all and l think the less said about it, the better.

With games coming thick and fast, it is imperative that we dust ourselves down, re-focus, re-energise and prepare ourselves for Tuesday's home game against Millwall – a team who, along with Fulham, are currently the form side in the division with an unbeaten run of 15 games.

But, as we have seen in the past at home against teams like Cardiff, Bristol City and more recently Aston Villa, on our day, we are a match for anyone.

Now is not the time to discuss the pros and cons of what is happened in our last game – it is the time for everybody to pull together and ensure that we all do everything physically possible to ensure we get the results in the next five matches to ensure that we retain our Sky Bet Championship status.

As l have been saying for some time now, there will be many ups and downs and twists and turns and these have been clear to see in recent weeks - whether you’re challenging for automatic promotion or the play-off spots, there have and will continue to be many unpredictable results.

In my opinion, the outcome for the promotion and relegation spots will go right to the wire and that is why we all have to continue to get behind the team and management and help them to get over the line.

We all have to have the glass half-full positive mentality and ensure that the glass half-empty mentality does not ever enter our thoughts. Positivity will bring the results - any negativity will only bring unwanted doubts and concerns and now is not the time to contemplate them.

It is imperative that nobody feels sorry for themselves and everybody alike lifts themselves and gives that little extra to ensure we achieve what we set out to do at the beginning of the season.

The worse thing possible is for anyone to drop their heads and make excuses, or discuss and debate our recent results - we have to look to the future and not to the past.

There will be plenty of time to discuss and consider everything at the end of the season - our destiny is still in our hands and it is essential that we remember that.

Over the last couple of seasons, we have experienced how intimidating it is going to the New Den and it is important that we reciprocate their usual hospitality when they visit us in midweek.

We must ensure that we make Macron Stadium an intimidating experience as possible by increasing your usual vociferous support to lift and encourage our team and make their players nervous and edgy and quieten their supporters.

Between now and the end of the season, please encourage, lift and get behind the team and show everyone the never say die attitude that you - our fantastic family of supporters - bring to the table in difficult times, as well as the good.

We all know and remember what an important part you played last season in ensuring that we got the results we needed to achieve promotion in the final few matches and l am imploring you all to turn up and give the same level of support against Millwall, as you did in the last game of last season against Peterborough.

I hope that many of you take advantage of our ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer for Tuesday's game meanwhile as you did for our fixture against Birmingham City last week, with tickets available HERE.

Last Tuesday’s match saw us record our biggest home crowd of the season with over 21,000 packed into Macron Stadium, many of which were youngsters or first-time visitors, and although it wasn’t the result that we wanted come full time, it was still a great atmosphere generated by you all.

That is why we have extended the offer of Under-18s being able to attend for just £1 to Tuesday's game also and I hope that you will head home after our game with Millwall hungry to return for our final two home matches of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest.

We have five cup finals remaining and both home and away, we need you – our fantastically loyal and vocal supporters – to be there in your numbers.

As usual, let's be loud, let's be proud and let's get behind the team.

Kind regards,


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