It’s the result that counts, of course and quite simply we got it.
But while I’m elated that we’ve reached the final, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m happy about the performance.
We started ok and then sat back deeper in the first half, which it seems many of us weren’t happy about.
The second half, we were also very cagey and I thought we were playing a risky game.
Johnstone had had a pretty good game and had hardly had to get his gloves warm, yet he somehow managed to handle outside his area and for me, should have been sent off.
This resulted in a free kick just outside the box, that Downing hit the bar with.
If that had gone in, lord knows what might have happened.
Don’t get me wrong. over the two legs, I think we were more the cleverer side.
And that’s down to experience.
Hutton was excellent again, as were Chester and Terry. How well do they combine?
But I’m listening to the after match chat and they’re saying Boro just didn’t do enough.
Given that they didn’t have a shot on target, I have to agree.
Boro just made too much running of the game for my liking, but I’d expect a different game against Fulham.
I didn’t mention Grealish yet, did I?
He’s really starting to look the part.
But what pleased me more than anything was that this team look like they’re fighting for each other.
And if that’s the case, we have every chance of anything.