I’m not going to write a lot tonight. It is my Mum’s 60th and I’m due out in a short while. It isn’t reflective of the fact we got hammered, I’m not fair weather nor do I shy away from the facts.
We were bloody awful today. There was no clear game plan, no cohesion, no urgency and genuinely nothing to cheer. From start to finish there was a flat atmosphere, everything about the afternoon screamed ‘dead rubber’. It wasn’t a dead rubber, there was lots to play for and yet we didn’t appear to be interested at all.
That’s not to say we weren’t interested, something went wrong today, something fundamental. I’m not going to say there’s an on going problem, I’m not going to say ‘it needs sorting’, I’m not going to lose my head. Don’t get me wrong, I’m gutted at today’s game. I’ve never seen such a dismal outing from a Cowley side. I dare wager the manager has never presided over such a shambles.
We’re still eighth, albeit a few more points outside the play off places now. We’re not tumbling down the league like Grimsby, we’re not marooned in obscurity and we’re not collapsing. For some to claim the wheels have come off is absurd, we all called tenth as a good finish at the start of the season and we’re still exceeding that. Please, keep some perspective.
To see fans streaming out when Crewe scored their fourth was incredibly disappointing. We’re eighth, why on earth do some feel the need to abandon hope at such an early stage?
What does worry me immensely is this competition we seem to have going on amongst the fans, the constant one-upmanship and berating of each other. You’d think we were relegation fodder the way we’re always at each other’s throats. I won’t be on social media tonight, but I logged on just before writing this and the same doom and gloom merchants are revelling in the defeat, the same arguments are firing across the keyboards. I find it desperately sad that the first sign of defeat some people believe their vitriol is justified.
That said, to see fans streaming out when Crewe scored their fourth was incredibly disappointing. We’re eighth, why on earth do some feel the need to abandon hope at such an early stage? I’ve left early once, when we lost 6-0 to Rotherham. By early I mean twenty minutes or so, to leave today was really poor by a large portion of fans. However, if you pay your money I suppose you have the right to go when you want, but it really isn’t a nice sight for the players, manager or fans. Sure, we could argue that the players didn’t do anything to keep fans there, but come on, leaving with 20 minutes to go when we’re still in the play off hunt?
I get criticised because I often exude double standards and I suppose I’m doing it a bit today. On one hand I’m saying we should be united, on the other I’m calling out those who left early. I left with a minute to go, but with it being Mum’s party we had to in order to get a jump on the traffic. You know what? I felt awful about it.
I’m really upset that the Checkatrade Trophy final is being cited as a negative aspect to the season as well. Whatever your politics, making the final of a competition is wonderful for the club and should be cherished. It has no relevance today, we were awful but it was a one off.
I don’t have time to dissect the game, sadly. I will say I thought Matt Green had a decent game, Bozzie had a good first half and that was about it. In almost every other area we were second best, passes went astray, there was no movement, no fluidity to our game and nothing to cheer. I even felt the response to our goal was muted, as soon as it went in fans streamed off to do their half time bits, ten minutes left on the clock. Something felt wrong today, hopefully we can just put it behind us.
It isn’t time to panic, we’ll be a league club next season and we’re building for the future. If it doesn’t happen this season we must remember how far we’ve come and the potential we have.
Next weekend is huge now, we need a result at Coventry to keep us in the frame, but if we don’t get it we must retain some perspective. This club is on a journey and all journeys have their ups and downs. We’ve conceded seven in two games, coming on the back of some stellar defensive performances. It isn’t time to panic, we’ll be a league club next season and we’re building for the future. If it doesn’t happen this season we must remember how far we’ve come and the potential we have.
I haven’t seen City lose4-1 at home for an awful long time, once upon a time it was regular. It hurts right now, it is a stark reminder of what things used to be like. This isn’t the norm, even if we fall short this season we are not in a spiral going down the plug like our friends up the A46.
Please before you get embroiled in heated arguments tonight, think. before you type out you’re statuses berating other fans, January transfer windows or the like, think. Instead of turning the computer on, maybe have a beer and just wallow in the misery of defeat. We’ve not lost like that at home for a long while but Danny will be putting it right. It hurts, but we just have to swallow it and move on. I won’t say ‘we go again’ because it is a cliché that really gets under my skin, but we have to accept this afternoon as a one off.
It doesn’t make it easy to deal with, but nothing is going to be corrected by arguing with each other in the stands, on social media or even in the pub.