Thursday 3rd March 2011
After what has felt like an incredibly depressing few days we definitely needed a night like that, whoever we were playing. Complacency has no place in football and any present last night would have seen our opponents take full advantage.
The O's were enjoying a lengthy unbeaten run when they arrived including, of course, taking us to a replay just a couple of weekends back. If we needed further evidence that lower league sides cannot simply be brushed aside these days we need look no further than Crawley Town's recent visit to our Quarter Final opponents.
At Brisbane Road I always felt we were a second goal from it being a similar game to last night's. Staying at one however, our hosts always had a chance. In the replay we took our chances and didn't make the same mistake, it's as simple as that.
The month of March arriving feels like Spring is here for me, it certainly didn't feel like it in the very chilly streets of N5! Couple that with the definite air of despondency for reasons I don't need to mention and nine-odd thousand noisy away fans, all the ingredients were there for a potential cup upset and the media sensationalism that accompanies it.
Marouane's early strike certainly calmed everyone down a bit and once Nicky had doubled our lead with a towering header it definitely already felt like a job well done.
For me however, it was extremely important to continue pushing for more goals. One conceded would have made it the kind of uncomfortable night we could all do without.
Nicky's fine strike gave us the third before half-time and it was very much game over.
The second period was extremely relaxing and with two more goals we all went home a lot happier than when we arrived!
An FA Cup Quarter Final tie up at Old Trafford is not the kindest prize but quite mouthwatering nonetheless. We have a couple of games to get out of the way before we turn to that of course.
Chelsea's victory on Tuesday night has certainly helped our cause when it comes to the fight for the Premier League. Those kind of results only matter however, if we don't slip up.
Our first obstacle to overcome is the visit of Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. For me, walking out of the Stadium of Light earlier in the season was the worst I have felt other than Sunday.
We need to be at our best to make sure it is an experience we don't endure again.
Come on you mighty reds!
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