On Saturday 22nd February, the Reds saddled up for the trip to Walsall and it was another successful day for the CTSA as they cheered on the Reds to a 2-1 victory. Chair Carol Bates took control of coach two (or rather half a coach if you believe Travel Matt!) for the first time and during the 3 hour journey up the M23, M25, M40, M42 and then the dreaded M6, we took time to catch up with regular away traveller Ollie Plunkett on his time as a Reds’ supporter and his thoughts on the game.
What made you take the trip to Walsall today?
“We haven’t played in a while due to the weather and it’s a good chance to see John Gregory’s new signings in action.”
What has been your favourite away game this season?
“Has to be Leyton Orient. A brilliant performance and brilliant day”
How did the Orient game compare to other away games you’ve attended this season?
“It compared very well to other away days this season, it was probably the best performance of the season so far. The atmosphere in the away end was also the best this season!”
And how about best away day ever?
“The obvious answer is Manchester united but to be different I would say Wolves away.
What was it about Wolves that you enjoyed?
“To play Wolves away in the league was something special. We competed very well against the best team in the league for 90 minutes, gave them a tough game and played some very good football.”
What are your expectations for today’s game?
“Of course I want a win but I would be happy with a draw”
Who do you think has been the best player so far this season?
What has Joe done to make you think that?
“I think throughout the season he has been very very consistent and considering his age he has a lot of ability. He and McFadzean are forming a good partnership and we are starting to look solid at the back.”
What has been your favourite performance this season?
“Leyton Orient away”
Apart from the fact we beat the League leaders at the time, what would you say your reasons were for choosing that performance?
“As I said earlier I think this was the best performance this season so far, everything seemed to click and every one performed.”
Since January, a number of players have arrived at the club. Who has been the stand out signing so far, for you?
“Has to be Matt Tubbs”
What do you think he has brought to the team, apart from his goals?
“Having Tubbs in the side makes us look a lot more dangerous going forward. He holds up the ball well and gets himself in dangerous positions. He sits on the last man of the defence and is always looking for the ball. I think we have lacked his energy up front in recent weeks and having his presence on the pitch seems to give the players and fans a lift!”
With the weather taking its toll, we’ll now be playing every Saturday and Tuesday until the end of the season. Do you think this is a good or a bad thing?
“If we are winning then it’ll be brilliant as it keeps the momentum going. If we are losing then it’ll be tough. A win today is important to make sure we get a winning momentum.”
Words and Pictures from Craig Bratt