2013/14 – League Two – End of Season Review
Sky Bet League Two (stats)
We were ‘supposed’ to finish mid-table according to what I told the board, although we spent much of our season in and around the top-half. It took a long time to get the strikers firing, with Midson going 28 games without scoring at one point. We rallied late in the season to take the play-off push to the last game, including a 6-0 win at Southend, followed by a 5-1 home win versus rock-bottom Newport County, but even if we’d have won that match (we lost 1-0 to a 92′ goal vs Accrington) we would have missed out on goal difference anyway. To be honest, we wouldn’t have really deserved to be in the play-offs, and I’m sure we’d have not got past the semi-final, anyway.
FA Cup (stats)
Not a great showing in the FA Cup this season, though I think the second round is what is to be expected of a club at our level. Chesterfield proved to be a better side, in both this cup and in the league.
Capital One Cup (stats)
Drawn against a side in the division above, we never had much chance of a result, and we were soundly beaten.
Johnstones Paint Trophy (stats)
Just as in the Capital One cup, we were drawn versus higher-division opposition and again their class told as we fell to a 2-0 defeat.
IN: Kyel Reid was a revelation out wide, providing 17 assists. Kelly and Donegan were signed to give us some cover in central midfield.
OUT: Knightingdale is one of those players who I’m just running the contract down on, and when we got a loan offer, I just accepted.
No-one worth signing. Not surprising as the facilities are pretty poor.
I believe that we can make the play-offs, though I think automatic promotion may be too big an ask. Depends on budgets, signings and the wrecker of all but the best laid of plans: luck.