WELL done Town, you gave a good account of yourselves. Great support - well done!! All the best for the rest of the season...
Richard Mullany, London
SATURDAY’S performance proves Town are a better team than our league position suggests, we must continue to play football and not pump the ball long in the air. The introduction of Page has been an inspiration and has saved our season, the play offs are within our grasp and if I recall Barnsley were 14th this time last year. Have the confidence and fitness is now a vital aspect.
NOTICEABLY all Chelsea’s goals came down the middle, as did most of their threats (though not forgetting the lightening-quick Kalou on the left wing). So once again I ask why is it Rob Page plus Nathan Clarke, not David Murfin, who I think is that bit faster and stronger in the face of powerhouses like Chelsea? But I’m sure now that Andy Ritchie is thoughtfully building a team ( though Phil Jevins and Luke Bennett still don’t look like Championship players to me). He stretched our patience with Robbie Williams, who now more than justifies Andy Ritchie’s faith in him. But is Danny Cadamarteri our missing striker or a frustrating white elephant? But the proof of the progress Andy Ritchie has made was seen in the quality on-the-ground football Town played when they lost their inhibitions. BBC Sport’s 58% - 42 % of play is a bit generous to us, but the team can be proud. Ditto the support. Sitting in the East Stand we heard a continuous roar from The Shed; from the Chelsea end nothing much at all. Great stuff!
Andy Kilvington, St Albans
AGAINST a relatively weak Chelsea side we were ouplayed in every department comfortably and the differences between the top Premiership clubs and League One were cruelly exposed. However, we should not be too despondent, because on the rare occasions where we strung a few passes together we didn’t look a bad side – my point being we should certainly be competitive in Div One. Phil Jevons didn’t inspire at all, although the rest of the team played well enough, albeit as usual Nathan Clarke’s passing from the back was awful. The boo boys seemed to have laid off Matt Glennon at last – and so they should – he didn’t do much wrong and did well to keep it down to three. Rob Page looked very solid – first goal looked like his error, but on replay the deflection caught him wrong footed, so a pretty good performance all round.
I’D like to add my best wishes to Jacko and his family. Jacko’s a battler and I’d like to wager that he’ll beat his cancer. C’mon Jacko! It would be nice if the Town fans could give him some kind of tribute today. It certainly puts football into perspective, After all it’s just a game (unless you’re Bill Shankly!). All the best to JACKO and wish him well and a speedy recovery – top bloke.