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Jul 15, 2006
Now, don't get me wrong, Luggy was brilliant last season after what he had to contend with when he came to the club. Also, the squad he had built up this term is extremely strong for this level and the away record this year has been very good also. However, I'm wondering as to whether he can take us up now. It's not a knee jerk reaction, but more an accumulation of events since January that leave me very concerned about our promotion chances.

I've had almost 24 hours to calm down, but even after that time I'm still arriving at the same conclusion...we're blowing it and Sturrock's got to be held accountable for this alarming sequence of home results.
Over the last three home games we've not managed a shot on target in two of them - that is an absolutely shocking stat for a team at the bottom, let alone one fighting for promotion.

The direct football is fine, no problem with that, but when it's not working we've no plan b. Just seem to carry on doing the exact same thing. Football's moved on, but I'm not so sure Sturrock's gameplan has. It's no good tinkering with systems and players if he continues to just play direct whoever's in the team...it's not working!!! I refuse to believe that with the likes of Timlin, Grant, Clohessey, Harris, Hall, Martin and Sawyer - all good football players - in our squad, Sturrock's getting the best out of them by playing this way.

I heard on the radio that the team put in a gutless performance last night. I don't think that was the case, it was just clueless. That's got to be the manager's fault - or certainly a large part of it. No, Sturrock cannot be blamed because Sawyer didn't do better in preventing the cross coming in for the goal, but admitting he's tried allsorts to get the home form right and still hasn't doesn't feel me with confidence.

Also a worry is the attendance, Martin won't put up with that for much longer and this all adds to the pressure PS is under.
My main concern though, is what happens should we miss out on promotion. The squad is huge (although still needs a new face or two to freshen it up according to Luggy) and a lot of the better players will surely go on to higher divisions. What will that leave us with? Last time we missed out on a promotion that Martin was banking on he stopped investing in the team. Could he do that again? We NEED to go up this year and the squad is certainly good enough, on paper, but I'm not sure Sturrock's the man to do it.

Failure to seal promotion will be a nightmare for the club so I guess I'm saying there's a decision to be made in my opinion. Do we cross our fingers Luggy suddenly finds the formula he's been looking for at Roots Hall (is it really two wins in twelve at home?!?!) or do we take a gamble on someone with new ideas and pray they have an immediate effect on the team?