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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

19 December 2013

Nick's festive message

Firstly I would like to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas. The festive period is a very busy time in football, and represents a great opportunity for us to pick up some much needed points and propel ourselves up the league.

I was of course bitterly disappointed to see us throw away the lead against Morecambe on Saturday. It was a game that was there for the taking, and to come away empty handed was hugely frustrating.

We had more than enough chances to take all three points, but we were not clinical enough in front of goal to convert those chances. It felt even more frustrating because of the good run we have put together in recent weeks.

After a convincing win over AFC Wimbledon, we more than matched a team in the league above us to force a replay in the second round of the FA Cup.

To find ourselves third from bottom after 20 games is a massive disappointment to everyone at the club, and it is certainly not where we hoped, or expected, to be at this stage.

Saturday definitely felt like a step backwards, but we must make sure it was a one off, and try and get back to winning ways in the league against Portsmouth.

We have 26 games to try and put things right, and make sure we are not scrapping at the wrong end of the table towards the end of the season.

I must mention one of the major positives to come out of this year - the success of the youth department. The issue was brought to our attention again this week following the potential departure of one of our youngsters, and I must mention how proud I am of our youth set-up.

We have put a lot of money in to developing it over the last few years, and that is clearly paying dividends now, with the amount of youth team graduates in and around the first team.

Obviously we never like to lose young players, but sometimes our hands are tied, and we were all very pleased to see Matt Macey go off to develop his career at Arsenal.

It is massive credit to our youth team management and coaches that they are producing talent that is considered Premiership quality.

If Matt continues to develop the way we expect, there will be further significant financial benefits for the club in coming years. And as part of the deal we have also secured a pre-season friendly against Arsenal.

Again, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. Thank you all for your support this year, your continued backing has been fantastic, and can really make a difference. We have a big game this weekend against Portsmouth and I hope we can secure three points to kick start the festive season in style.


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