2014/15 – League Two – End of Season Review
Another season in League Two, but one we can be optimistic about. Last season we only just missed out on the playoffs, but this time we can do it!
Sky Bet League Two (stats)
This time around we told the board to expect a top half finish, but I was personally hoping to clinch a playoff place. We got some good players in, and spent most of the season in the top three. Even with our good form for most of the season, I was still pleasantly surprised that we won the league. Something we need to work on is scoring goals though, as we scored quite a few goals less than the opposition, though we also conceded much less too.
FA Cup (stats)
We got a great draw in the first round and to be honest we should have scored more. Against Crewe we weren’t completely outplayed, but the result was a fair one. Next season, we’ll try for the third round!
Capital One Cup (stats)
When we drew Peterborough, I thought we were going out. We hung on and won in extra time. An easy draw would have been nice, but no. Another Championship club, and this time there was no cup romance, we were out.
Johnstones Paint Trophy (stats)
What a run! After last seasons’ dismal display, neither my nor the boards expectations were high. We scraped it against Southend, but we were comfortable winners against Oxford. Brentford ended up winning League One, so a win there was exceptional. Stevenage were sitting mid-table in our league and we had already beaten them well in the league, but in the cup we struggled, needing pens to settle the area final. Rotherham were rock bottom of League One and I really thought we stood a chance at a win. The truth is, we just didn’t turn up. We were outplayed in all areas and were deservedly beaten.
IN: Looking at it, you’d think we had Crewe as a parent club. We don’t. But two of our best signings were the two CB’s from Crewe and also Partington from Bournemouth.
OUT: We strengthened the squad immeasurably, and managed to do it at a profit too. Sheringham couldn’t get games last season and so when an offer came in, he was out the door.
Two in, and one of them I am rather excited about. Michael Robson is a left back with very good potential and has already had a call-up for England U19’s. Seedy McLeary looks like a decent AML inside forward, and I’ll be keeping an eye on his development.
The plan is consolidation, but I’d like us to finish around mid-table. A new stadium has been announced, and with it, a load of debt. But I’m sure we can still do what we have to do, regardless.