Oour support at Barnet on Saturday was unbelievable.
Even in the warm-up, the fans were fantastic.
Sitting there and listening, it made the hair stand up on the back of my neck and it made me feel very proud of what we’ve done here over the last three years.
And it showed to me what it means to our supporters to be back in the Conference Premier.
They carried that on throughout the game and got behind the team. Their support and the atmosphere they created was fantastic.
There’s going to be some big challenges for me going forward but my challenge to the supporters is can they replicate that atmosphere at home?
Because if they can it will help make teams not want to come here. I think sometimes in the past it has been quite quiet at home and it’s actually been louder away.
Saturday was the best atmosphere I’ve heard for a long time and the most pleasing thing for me was they realised what we were up against.
You only had to look at what awaited us when we got to Barnet. We haven’t got a training ground – they look like they’ve got about 10! We have to train on the pitch or rely on the kindness of MBNA to use their facility. Right away it was a case of the haves and the have-nots.
But I think our supporters realised that and got behind the team and stuck behind the team. The singing and the atmosphere was brilliant and even coming off the pitch, after we got beat, they were still with us and they were shouting ‘get your heads up’.
I don’t know if the fans realise how big a part they’ve got to play this season.
We need to replicate that Barnet atmosphere wherever we go but especially at home.
We need the Harry Mac bouncing and the main stand bouncing – as many areas of the ground as we possibly can.
It will be a massive help to the team.