Date:Friday January 9 2015
The Guest Blog returns from its winter break and our regular blogger, Adam Guest, discusses the obvious.
Originally the plan was to write this blog early next week, but given the fact we may be brought back down to Earth with a depressing defeat against Scunny tomorrow I figured I`d better pen it now while I`m still feeling optimistic.
The thing that has struck me most about us as supporters since that magnificent result at Deepdale in the week, is our incomplete inability to know mentally how to handle it. There are those already talking about booking hotels near Wembley, and those that even refuse to mention the W word until the whistle blows at the end of the second leg. Those of us that think we`re practically already there barring us doing anything stupid, and those that realise that our last two home games have been lost 1-4 and 0-2 respectively, and that Preston beat us 0-3 at home last season. Then are those who are genuinely excited by the idea that we might have a five figure crowd for the second leg and encouraging everyone they know to attend, and then those who are getting very uppity at anyone who`s not a regular at the matches who may choose to attend now. I`ve never understood that attitude, I think we should get as many people in the ground and making noise as possible, regardless of how they normally spend match days.
It`s very difficult not to get carried away in all of this, and with the second leg now being brought forward a week, our league game the weekend before (ironically against Preston) being rescheduled because of the FA Cup, and the fact they have a fourth round tie while we have a ten day break before the game does make it look like the stars are aligning. However, the last time we had a ten day break was immediately before the last round against Tranmere, where we came out sluggish, conceded two first half goals and nearly threw our golden chance away. We can`t afford for the same thing to happen against Preston.
One thing is for certain. It`s not often in recent years we`ve got the chance to feel this excited, this emotional, and this nervous about a game; it`s what we all follow football for. So let`s make sure we enjoy it.
Date:Friday January 9 2015
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