LOOKING back on 2004, on behalf of all supporters, I thank you, your coaching staff and your players for your really oustanding achievements, and the happiness you have brought to us fans. Best wishes for similar success in 2005. You and the players are certainly good enough. What are your hopes for the second half of the season? Martin, Manchester.
Jacko says: THE first priority is to be more consistent.
Now we've been down to Bournemouth, we have played every side in the division, and I know we have nothing to fear.
We have stepped up into a higher division with some bigger clubs and the players have coped well.
But we have been inconsistent and given too many silly goals away.
Going forward, we are playing some excellent football and always look likely to score goals.
But we have to tighten up at the back. I keep saying it and it's high time we did it.
Looking back to where we were this time last year, we have had a terrific 12 months.
The club have risen once again, and on and off the field things are going well.
The big thing for me is that we came back up at the first attempt, which was absolutely crucial, and we are not looking out of place in the division we are now in.
Obviously Hull, our hosts tomorrow, came up as well and invested heavily in the summer and are going well.
But Doncaster, who went up as champions, and Torquay, who pipped us to that last automatic promotion spot, are below us in the current table.
We could be doing better - myself and the players know that - but we are still nicely placed going into the New Year.
Talking of the New Year, can I wish all our fans a happy celebration tonight and thank them for their super support in 2004.
It's appreciated, believe me, and if we keep pulling together, I firmly believe we can go places.
EVERYONE is excited about the Hull City derby tomorrow, but are we in danger of forgetting we have an equally important home game against Bristol City two days later? Steve, Holmfirth.
Jacko says: THE games come so thick and fast at this time of year that you simply have to take it one match at a time, and in terms of training, we will have a work-out on Sunday specifically geared at the Bristol game, looking at the tactics and moves they like to use and how we can counter them.
Players can only focus on the next game, and looking any further ahead would be wasteful.
But we've known since the summer what the fixtures are, so in terms of checking out future opponents, we have plenty of information on Bristol City and Torquay, who come up here on Saturday, January 8.
That means myself and the coaching staff can utilise the short time we have available in the best possible way.
Whatever way we approach the games, I think the next three will be the toughest trio in a row we will face all season.
Hull are going great guns, in second place and with seven straight wins in all competitions, and I fully expect Bournemouth, who are sixth and Bristol City (ninth) to be up there challenging for the play-offs come the end of the season.
We got through the game at Bournemouth, one we could easily have won rather than drawn, with great credit and a lot of compliments from the people down there, with their manager Sean O'Driscoll saying we are the best side to come to their place all season.
Their skipper and big frontman Steve Fletcher also told me we were the fittest and hardest-working side they have come up against, and given that we had played two days before while Bournemouth's Boxing Day game at Colchester was called off, it was a very telling comment and reflects very well on the boys.
The other thing to remember is that while there isn't much time to prepare for matches at this time of year, all clubs are in the same boat.
HOW close is Andy Booth to coming back? John, Meltham.
Jacko says: WE have pencilled in the Torquay home game a week tomorrow for Boothy.
He hasn't yet kicked a ball in anger, but he has responded well to treatment on the ankle and is back in the gym and running, so his general fitness will be up to scratch.
LEE FOWLER is available again after suspension. Are you considering bringing him back in against Hull or Bristol City? Bill, Mirfield.
Jacko says: I HAVE been pleased with Tony Carss and Jon Worthington, so Lee has been kept waiting for a return.
I thought Lee did well down at Swindon, and had he not been sent off, he might well have still been in the team.
But he was red carded, bringing a three-match ban, and I had to respond to that situation.
One of the dangers of missing a game or games through injury or suspension is that whoever comes in does well and proves they are worth retaining, and that is what has happened in this case.
Lee was patient and waited for his chance before Swindon, and now he has to do the same again.
But Lee is a good player who will be back in my team at some stage, and it's important he takes his chance when it comes.
WHAT prompted you to bring John McAliskey back into the reckoning? Denise, Halifax.
Jacko says: OBVIOUSLY the loss through injury of Andy Booth forced us to make changes, and we have tried a few things, with Junior Mendes starting against Bradford and Akpo Sodje coming on as a substitute in that game.
It didn't work out the way I hoped, so I decided to give John a chance against Port Vale on Boxing Day.
He worked very hard and led the line well and fully deserved another outing at Bournemouth, when he scored a great goal and produced a very solid all-round display.
Macca has only started nine games, and he's now got seven goals for us, and that's not a bad ratio.
He has a huge amount of talent and amazingly quick feet, and while he needs to improve his upper body strength and heading, he has a great future in professional football.