Garcia - All Credit To The Players
Following on from our two nil victory over Yeovil Town last night, head coach Oscar Garcia has said he has to pass all of the credit onto the players for not only keeping our play off dreams alive, but also for proving a few critics wrong.
Speaking to the Official Site following the win the gaffer explained.
'I want to give all the credit to the players. We did our job. Now we have to wait and be prepared and ready for the last game. Two months ago nobody thought we could be there but we are here.'
Brighton will secure promotion now if Reading drop points in either of their remaining games and we secure victory on the last day of the season in the game against Nottingham Forest.
As for the Yeovil game itself, he adds.
'We knew it would be a tough game and not easy to win but the passion that we showed in the second half drove us on to score and we earned ourselves the win. It was a very important win for us because we knew we needed to be patient and that, in the second half, we would find more spaces to create chances, but the game could've been easier for us if we had taken our chances in the first half.'
Oscar goes on to say that 'patience' really was the key element in the game for us, and when you have chances and you don't take them, remaining calm and waiting for the next chance isn't easy as players can tend to risk things trying to make something happen, so he was delighted with the discipline they showed throughout the game.
Our opening goal scorer on the night, Kazenga LuaLua, has also spoken following his 'unexpected' strike on goal.
'I've been waiting to do that celebration for a long time (somersault). Leo was in the box so I thought I'd cross it for him but it missed everyone and went in, so I'll take it.'
The goal was obviously LuaLua's first goal of the season, and obviously he was pleased with that, but he knows it was about the team and the win and he thought it was a very dominating performance from us and that we were good value for the win, especially the boost it gives us in our play off hunt.
'Tonight was all about putting pressure on the teams around us and we have done that. We had to win our game and we can wait and see what Reading and Ipswich do.'
Well Ipswich have already lost which makes things a little more comfortable, and we'll have to see what happens with the Reading result, as at the time of writing, they are still nil nil with Doncaster.
The final after match reaction came from Keith Andrews who said that the team have been doing all they can to make sure that our play off fate is in our hands, and following the win he feels we have done all we can on that score.
'We'd like to have our own destiny in our own hands. It was always going to be important for us to get maximum points after the disappointment of Blackpool. They've (Reading) got a game in hand but they've got to win it now, so we'll be watching eagerly with fingers crossed.'