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Thirlwell pre Cheltenham - We’ll be ready to go, as like everyone, we want to finish the season well

6 May 2021

Club News

Thirlwell pre Cheltenham - We’ll be ready to go, as like everyone, we want to finish the season well

6 May 2021

Watch Paul Thirlwell's pre-match press conference as we gear up for our final fixture of the season, against Cheltenham Town…

Thirlwell on summing up the last week…

It's been pleasing and a busy time. The Cambridge game was one of those freakish games I think no one would ever of envisaged how it panned out.

Credit to our lads, I thought we were magnificent on the night. How the game ebbed and flow but for it to get clawed back to 4-4 and then go on and arguably have our best spell of the game after they equalised, to really push and get the goal, credit it to them as a lot of those lads hadn't played for a long time.

Moving onto Wembley, it's a cup final at the end of the day, it's just about winning. Credit to Concord Rangers who I thought were really good on the day and gave us one hell of a difficult game. Thankfully we found a moment with a little guy who never usually pops up in those positions. I was really pleased for him. It was a really good captain's performance and finish for him.

At the full time whistle there was a bit of relief as Concord had given us such a difficult game. When that calms down and a bit of music is playing, the lads lift the trophy and the champagne is everywhere, you have to realise you've won a cup final and you have to enjoy these moments.

A lot of us have been in this game for a long time and to go to Wembley two years running and win twice, it's a huge and great achievement for the club.  

On the feeling going into the final fixture of the campaign…

As you can imagine, there was some partying going on after the game so I think even today some lads have come in possibly still a little bit weary both mentally and physically. We had a good session today, kept it quite light and fun and we'll have another session tomorrow.

We'll be ready to go, as like everyone, we want to finish the season well and at the end of the day, we're potentially going to face the champions of League Two.

If we don't turn up, we'll soon find out about it. The lads will go there and we'll prepare a team to go there and get a result.  

You have to stay professional and although we have finished the season well with the last two performances, you don't want to turn up against Cheltenham and put in a really poor and sluggish display.

We know Cheltenham have still got a lot to play for. As well as getting promoted, they've got a chance to win the league and they'll want to be champions. If we're not bang at it, we're going to give ourselves problems but the group we've got here, whichever team is picked to play they'll be up for it.

On whether he's looking forward to the break…

I think so, everybody is. It's been a bizarre season for all the wrong reasons and hopefully it's one we never see again with Covid.

But it's also been an enjoyable season, first one in the EFL and we can't wait to get back next season. Fingers crossed everything goes well and we can have the fans back and we can all enjoy next season from what we couldn't all enjoy together this season.


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