SHANE BLAND: Fans have been outstanding

The Gloves Are Off with Blues keeper Shane Bland
The Gloves Are Off with Blues keeper Shane Bland

I think we were all a bit disappointed that we couldn’t pick up maximum points from the Stafford Rangers game.

We conceded two sloppy goals and were punished for some slack defending at times, which is something we need to put right this weekend.

The lads showed tremendous fight however and it’s great to see that we battled back despite going behind. It shows why we are in this play-off mix.

The fans were excellent too. It reminds me of my first season with the club, when the supporters sang non-stop.

The more we can get into the Shed, the better. The fact that we pulled it back on Tuesday night shows that when they’re noisy, it drives us on to do it, for them.

They’re Whitby Town through and through, like everyone in that ground and it’s up to us to pay that back.

It was heart-warming to see the Bradley Lowery and Jermain Defoe friendship develop, despite his heartbreaking illness.

Fair play to Jermain Defoe, going out of his own way to go to the hospital and see Bradley, it shows the sort of man that he is.

It’s an incredible relationship, but you’ve got to really feel for the lad.

It’s an illness that you wouldn’t wish on your enemy, but it amazes me how much he continues to smile, we could all learn something from that little man.

I’ve been keeping my eye on the England side and I would say that Lithuania have done well to manage holding England to just a 2-0 win.

England played well, as they did against Germany. I like the system that Gareth Southgate has adopted.

Three at the back can be unplayable if you get it right, it’s something that we’ve had great success with at Whitby and I’m sure England can have too.

It’s more attacking and it’s refreshing to see England play that style, over the usual 4-4-2 sideways passing style that has been adopted in the past, that hasn’t really suited the players that we possess.

With players like Kyle Walker and Danny Rose as your wing backs, you have a constant threat and pace then running throughout the team, as well as the quality in the middle areas of the park.

Thanks for reading,

Shane