A WIN would have given us some breathing space but it was important not to be beaten.

VT were bright and pacy up front but the defence coped well and that was our 13th clean sheet in the last 23 games which takes some doing.

We had much the better of the second half and I thought there was only going to be one team that won it – the major worry were their three corners right at the end.

It was a real morale-boosting result against a top team and we were not under that much pressure.

I said at half-time we have to play the ref as well, so let’s win it for Zak (Westlake) and we had them on the back foot and played with a lot more venom, albeit without creating a load of chances. The linesman was trigger happy with his offside flag and the referee was poor all game. How he missed the horrendous challenge on Zak early on I will never know. There is an excellent picture of it on the website which says it all. It was the sort of double-footed tackle that has no place in football and if their player had been wearing old fashioned studs, he would have snapped Zak’s leg.

It happened right in front of me and was a definite red card and yet the ref did not even give a free kick.

Zak’s a quick healer but that looks to be it for the season. Let’s hope we make the play-offs and then he has something to aim at. It’s cruel on the boy after he has come back from another injury and played so well in the last half dozen games, but it could have been much worse for him.

We now have Bracknell and Hayes and if we can’t beat them we don’t deserve to be in the play-offs. I am not worrying about the goal difference at this stage, two scrappy 1-0s will do me.

And then it will be down to the final game of the season on Saturday week away at Thatcham.

I have told the lads they might wait ten years for this kind of opportunity again and we must just focus on ourselves and just knock the other teams out of the way.