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Aug 14, 2009
Westcliff riviera
The season to date has been about unexpected highs and predictable lows. We got promoted by taking the last (4th) promotion place, doing so with a fairy tale ending at Wembley. That sort of finish to the season has tended to cloud our reality genes and we therefore believe we can do it again. Last season our continued consistency tended to be defensive, as we had seen, Phil's teams rarely conceded a lot of goals. That got us through the season. This season we have shown more attacking flair (at times) but to say that we have been inconsistent is an understatement. To badly misquote from Longfellow......when we was good we was very very good, and when we was bad we was horrid.

Although the prospect of nicking another promotion via the play-offs is still not mathematically impossible it is now looking pretty unlikely and our famed team spirit and togetherness appears to be a bit flakey at the moment. Brown is offering more and more public criticism of the team collectively and as individuals. That is his prerogative as manager, but it can’t be helping confidence and thus performance.

The romantic in me still harbours hopes of a miraculous recovery of form, but my head says time to be grown up and accept what my eyes are telling me. We’ve done incredibly well this season to get the points that make FL1 a certainty for next season, and I think that is a success in itself. Time to see out the season now I think, playing as well as we can and giving some of our talented youngsters a chance. I’m still not certain what has prompted me to put this post together, but maybe it was just therapeutic to just get it down in writing.