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Sep 22, 2004
Those of you who are used to my posts will know that I hate negative posts and knee jerk reactions to things. The problem with football is it is so emotive that there is rarely any middle ground in peoples attitudes towards their team. It is always "world beaters" or "sack the manager".

I have attended every game this season, as I know have many others, and feel qualified to have my opinion. Until now, that has been shared with only those close to me and has been very much a case of "if we carry on like this then....". However, having seen us ship three more goals in a comedy defence and fail to register more than a few meaningful shots on a decidedly dodge keeper, I now have to make my feelings known.

The side are a tactical shambles. There is no midfield engine and Maher and Clarke run around without asserting themselves apart from a few tackles and maybe the odd ball from Maher. At this level, you need two box to box powerhouses who will win and keep the ball. We dont have that. This means that the ball is given away cheaply and exposes the defence, which already looks very low on confidence and ability particularly on the flanks. When the defenders do win the ball, it is often hoisted high and long towards that 6 foot 6 monster who can run 100 metres in 10 seconds that we have up front. Oh no, we dont have one of those, but would someone please tellthe defence.

The manager, who in all but name is Brush, cannot see what is happening on the pitch.

We need to start again and quick!