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Ollie's Way: The promised land is only ten games away


IN ALL fairness to Hull City on Tuesday night, I think we got a second penalty which didn't look much, whether their player could do much about it or not.

But towards the end, the most blatant penalty all night was the trip on Wilfried Zaha when he beat Robbie Brady.

I had a little bit of a pop at the players at half-time because I wanted us to pass it a little bit quicker, move it quicker and be more adventurous.

But when the second goal came from who I call 'the master', the confidence came into us, we didn't tighten up anymore, we looked loose, and then we went 3-0 up and I expected us to keep going.

But they got a goal back before Wilfried got a fantastic goal. There was a buzz around the stadium and the fans love Jonny Williams, but he was a bit tight at half-time with a big game it was.

Now I've got to nurture him, but I'm only trying to protect what we've got.

It's a great situation we've got as we have a really strong squad, and it's actually getting stronger.

The chairman keeps asking me if we can do anything else, but I'm getting the likes of Danny Gabbidon, Andre Moritz and Joel Ward back, so it's quite exciting to be honest.

What they have got to realise is that I can pick whoever I like and they have got to learn how to perform without any pressure.

If you can do that in big games and produce your best, then you'll never forget it the rest of your lives – the promised land is only ten games away like Reading did last season.

Kevin Phillips looks after himself and he's unbelievably professional.

He thrives off other people's play and he always has done. Normally he needs a big man, and I've got Glenn Murray, who is in exceptional form.

Against Hull, I put Kevin in to deliberately pin back their defence and I wanted Wilfried to get crosses in and Moxey to bomb down the left.

I don't know why anybody would be surprised by Kevin because if he gets the chance to shoot, he hits the target.

He's done it all his life and he's going to keep on doing it. His game is not charging around, it's his brain, popping up in places and finishing.

He did it again on Tuesday and he'll tell you his third was fortunate and that it was our night and not theirs.

But we've also got other fantastic characters at this club and they haven't been in this situation before.

We've just got keep playing the game and not the occasion.

And of course, the fans were brilliant again on Tuesday, so thank you very much.

We're in pretty good form again – it's a great journey we're on.

We now have Leeds United at home and then blow me down, it's Brighton.

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