THERE will be one spectator at the Galpharm Stadium for the visit of Millwall this afternoon who is far from happy to be sat in the stands.
Town midfielder Jim Goodwin starts a two-match ban for totting up 10 yellow cards – he added an 11th in Tuesday’s 2-2 home draw with Colchester United – and he admits that sitting and watching games is far from his favourite experience.
“I am definitely not a good spectator,” said the 28-year-old midfielder.
“The ban is something that I have been trying to avoid for a while after reaching nine bookings, but obviously I picked up another at Stockport and that brought in the two-match ban.
“I am disappointed to be out because I want to be out there on the field doing my best for the club.
“I am useless to them if I am sat in the stands and I won’t be enjoying that!
“But there are people who can come in and replace me and I am sure who ever gets the nod will do a good job.”
And the former Stockport and Scunthorpe midfielder knows that he is missing two games that could prove vital to Town’s hopes of making a late surge for a League I play-off place.
After today’s home clash with fifth in the table Millwall, Town travel to MK Dons on Tuesday to face a side who are strongly placed to win automatic promotion.
“These games are absolutely vital because we obviously have to try and close the gap on the teams above us,” said Goodwin.
“If we could come away with six points we will have gone a long way to shortening the distance between them and ourselves.
“And we need to get those points because of what happened against Stockport and Colchester this week.
“Saturday and Tuesday should have seen us win, but instead we dropped points.
“Had we had those extra four points on the board then we obviously would be a lot better placed – but that is not the case. We have to realise what we need to do to win these games.
“We need to avoid some of the slip-ups we have made and that has to start against Millwall. They’re a good side on a good run, but if we come away with the three points that could make a difference to the way the league looks.
“And if we can add to that against MK Dons then things could really start to change.”