THERE’S only one thing to talk about this week – we’re going to Wembley!
It’s a fantastic opportunity for the club to win and gain promotion and my advice to the lads is simple – go there and enjoy it.
You have to do that in my opinion to bring the best out of yourself in the match.
I thought we did a very, very professional job against MK Dons in both legs of the semi-final.
It was a terrific performance by everyone down at stadium:mk and then we got the early goal we wanted back at the Galpharm.
MK Dons, as was to be expected, came back at us and pulled themselves level, but I thought in the second half we kept the ball well for spells and still looked dangerous up front.
It was only right at the end that MK got the goal which won the leg for them and there might have been a few nerves for a couple of minutes, but I thought overall we did a very good job.
The lads deserve great credit for that and Simon Grayson also deserves a lot of praise for getting his tactics and team shape absolutely spot on for both occasions.
It’s now one massive game left for us to try and beat Sheffield United and achieve what we’ve been working towards all season.
We want to go there and win, obviously, and it’s important the lads enjoy the final and make the most of it.
You don’t get many of these big games in your career, especially at Wembley, and I can tell the players from our experience in 1995 that there is no better feeling in football than lifting a promotion trophy at the national stadium.
The hard work is now very much under way to make sure we get the right sort of performance, and it’s important everyone concentrates on doing the right things and making sure they are spot-on for the game.
We were in the final last year, of course, and the lads know what a horrible feeling it was to fall at the final hurdle.
I am absolutely certain they don’t want to go through that again, so it’s vital we are on our mettle because we all know Sheffield United are a good side, a difficult team to beat and will also be in just as determined a mood as us to win.
It should be a great game, there will be a huge attendance down at Wembley and a great atmosphere – and if the lads go about the job like they did in their last away-day to MK Dons, then we’ve got the ability to win promotion and look forward to the Championship.
JORDAN RHODES is heading to Wembley with 40 Town goals to his credit this season – unbelievable!
That’s the only word I can think of to describe the achievement and he just seems to get stronger and stronger as a goalscorer.
His all-round control and bringing people into the game has also improved, so he is doing remarkably well.
As strikers, we always say if you can get 25 or 30 goals you have having a fine season, so to get 40 for your club and half a dozen for Scotland Under 21s is out of this world.
It wouldn’t surprise me if he was to re-write the record books by equalling or breaking the Town all-time record of 42 because he is that good a finisher and can do it on any stage.
Previous boss Lee Clark and his staff deserve great credit for spotting him three years ago and bringing him to the club, because it’s not easy to score goals at any level in this game.
Ask anyone, it’s the hardest job, which is why strikers get paid the most, and Jordan has been really consistent this time.
He’s previously got 23 goals and 22, which is good in itself, but to follow up with 40 is brilliant, and he makes it look so easy.
Our fans will be backing him all the way at Wembley – and I’m sure they will get right behind all the lads.
The supporters will do their best to help us try and win promotion and it would be fantastic to get up to the Championship, which is a tremendous league to be in.
I think the lads deserve to go up, but there is still one more hurdle to clear, and I would especially like it for Dean Hoyle, because he has backed the club to the hilt and put in a lot of hard graft over the past three years.