Due to moving house and generally not wanting to jinx anything, I’ve spent the last month watching and keeping schtum about Coventry, in the hope that things might have finally changed for us.
In case you’ve missed it (it happened so quickly, you may have), we’ve managed to throw a potentially good season away once again.
16th March 2010. We found ourselves 2 points off the play-offs, playing at home, against the team in 6th. It was all set up for us to finally make that step up.
For one reason or another, our players and manager just couldn’t seem to get up for the games when they really mattered. It’s always “nearly” good enough. Apparently because we got so close to the play-offs, this now constitutes a successful season?
Not sure how.
This happened last year. In fact, my tongue-in-cheek prediction for this season was that we would “go on a good run in February, leading us to all to believe we’re going to make the play-offs… only for us to finish 17th”.
No team should be so predictably feeble.
We’ve got 4 games left now, but the season has already gone and the players know it. Last season we finished with 54 points in what was a generally dire season. That wasn’t good enough.
We’re going to struggle to make that tally this year. All I can see is how we’ve managed to throw away a hard-earned period of good form with a flurry of abject performances again. So what do you choose to judge? The good form, or the capitulation?
We all buy our season tickets in the belief that our club will try for the entire season. For 3 years in a row, that hasn’t happened.
It’s all well and good saying you’re being a good fan by giving them all the time in the world and showing constant acceptance of whatever tripe they give us, but is that really going to do any good?
Just look at the Scunthorpe game in December – finally the manager and the players came under widespread pressure, and amazingly won 3 games in a row. Coincidence? I don’t think so. If you keep accepting rubbish, that’s eventually all you’re ever going to get. It’s only when we question things that we ever see any change for the better. All we want is a team that we can trust to perform, regardless of the occasion.
The way we’ve folded this season – is that acceptable? It ruddy well isn’t.
It’s just embarrassing.