It’s been a tough month has February. It always feel like the calm after the storm, the furore of January and the transfer speculation dies down and you’re left with a tough period.
It’s not close enough to the end of the season to be truly nerve jangling, but it’s a time when the league has taken shape. Fans see the end game and feel it’s close, but there’s a lot of football to be played. Pitches are still heavy, but the nights get lighter and fans think spring is in the air.
It’s been tough for us. We’re unbeaten of course, top of the league, so it’s a tough we can get used to, but it’s not easy. Some of those teams in the middle of the pack are making a big push up the table, the teams at the bottom fight for their life and traditionally, the leaders do fall away. We haven’t.
We’ve stumbled, maybe grasped out for the bannister rail to hold on to, but we’ve not fallen. We’re still top, words that offer comfort every week as our lead is reeled in and teams get closer and closer.
I think February is the toughest month of the season, I genuinely do. For a football writer it’s a nightmare, the transfer window has gone and there’s little to write about. I don’t put lots of importance on my page views but they drop in February. August and January are the best months by far, February is the worst. Nobody is talking players, everyone is just focused on the matches.
I’ve felt flat, the site has felt a bit flat and across the country fans and teams have felt, well, flat.
I could sense it a bit in the stands this week, which brings me to the point of the article. I could not only sense a certain malaise, but also I heard some rhetoric rolled out that I’ve felt compelled to rebuke. Things like ‘Angol on for Akinde’, things like ‘Tom Pett isn’t a winger’. These are untruths being spoken and believed across the Coop Stand.
Not for much longer. Here’s my attempt to dispel some of the popular myths around Sincil Bank right now.