Matt Taylor made his first start of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Cheltenham Town in the Capital One Cup and is the latest player to blog for whufc.com in our Chadwell Chatter series.

It was nice to start a game and play on Tuesday. That ultimately is what we're all striving for, so from that point of view it was nice to play 90 minutes and nice to be on the winning team.

I must say that we probably should have won by more than the goal that we did. We reviewed the game on Thursday morning and we had 23 chances, and hit the target ten times. Their keeper has made some very good saves, and for us we should have won the game by more than just one goal but the main thing is that we're in the hat for the next round.

From a personal point of view, I had five or six shots and I hit the target with all but one of them which was a positive. I made the keeper made some saves and the defender made a goalline block right at the end. If I'd not struck them so well, they might well have gone in, but it's important to get in those positions. If I wasn't then I'd have concerns.

It's the first game I started since I got knocked out at Stoke away last year so I can't be too unhappy about that.

Talking of Stoke, I don't have any memories of that last game, happy or sad, because I don't remember anything after being knocked out so early!. One thing I do know is that it'll be a tough game on Saturday, but we're at home and hopefully we can pack the stadium out, continue our good form and give the crowd something to shout about.

We've got a decent record at home, we haven't conceded a goal yet this season in the Premier League and that's something we've got to keep going. We know the threats that Stoke possess, but maybe you'll see them change slightly under the new management.

Outside of the top six, I'd suggest that the home form is imperative to the success of your season. That will be no different for us this year, we need to pick up as many points as we can at home. Last season we were only defeated at home by teams inside the top six and that needs to continue if we are to have a successful campaign as lwe did last year.

Off the pitch, I had a little trip fishing last week. Nobes and I took the kids along, and we had some fun for a few hours in the afternoon. The kids enjoyed it which was great as well.

I think Nobes is starting to get a bit more into it. I'm trying to persuade him to go on a trip next year to France, but I think he's weighing up France or Vegas. For me it's fishing but you'd have to ask him what he's going to choose!

It's something I've done, like a lot of the boys here, since childhood and it's nice to be able to introduce one of your passions to your children as well.

See you on Saturday.

Come on you Irons!

Matt

Stoke