Andrew Davies column: Finishing anywhere near the bottom would have been a travesty (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Andrew Davies column: Finishing anywhere near the bottom would have been a travesty
Football moves on and there are going to be a lot of comings and goings over the summer.
I think we’ve done great to finish in the top half. The squad wear their heart on their sleeves, as the manager demands, and we’ve done all we can.
But if we’re looking to push on, I think the club needs a bit of a change to make the improvements.
It’s always sad to see team-mates go, like Thommo this week, but that’s the way it is.
Thommo’s a good lad and very well liked with the boys. I personally get on really well with him and he’s great to have around the place.
He has played a few games this year but not as many as he wanted to. He is 33 now and just wants to play some regular football.
He’s always been a really fit lad and it’s a shame for him not to be involved. But he’s still a good player and I’m sure he will get sorted with a new club.
I never mentioned relegation but I know there were some people panicking at times. But we’ve got a good manager, good staff and with the players we’ve had in the dressing room, finishing anywhere near the bottom would have been a travesty.
In the end we finished the season strong, just as I thought we would.
I was always confident we’d win at Tranmere because of the type of lads we’ve got.
There’s a lot of pride in that changing room and whether it was the first game of the season, the 11th or the last, we knew what we had to do. Nobody wanted to get beaten by a team that were going to get relegated anyway.
I was actually excited about the game because they had to win and it gave the day a bit more atmosphere.
Crawley at home was a bit of a dull affair with two teams safe in mid-table but there was so much at stake for Tranmere.
They came out firing on all cylinders and full credit to them. It’s never nice to see a club going down and I take no pleasure from a personal point of view.
But for us, it was important to finish well and winning three of the last four games showed we still had the fight within us.
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