Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Not good enough

Well we were bound to come down to earth with a bump at some point.  We enjoyed four straight wins since Chris Powell's appointment but a fifth was just too much to ask.  It's a real disappointment as I firmly believe that we need to pick up results against teams like Hartlepool if we are to progress.  Unfortunately however it seems that the opposition were better organised and simply wanted it more and ultimately deserved the win.

I'm not one of these people that suddenly thinks the world is going to end after one bad result.  There is a lot of football to be played yet, and it's doubtful that we will be the only team in the top six dropping points, but our general performance last night was the real worry.  After giving away a first half goal again and having another forgettable first half performance we gave ourselves a tough job and I for one was hoping of a repeat of the Peterborough match.  But it wasn't to be.  We did come out and start the second half with a bit of purpose and managed to grab the goal to get us back in the game, but it wasn't long before we slipped into bad habits.  We couldn't pass, there was no creativity and once Hartlepool grabbed their second goal there didn't seem like a way back for us.

Were we complacent?  Were we tired after playing on Saturday?  Either way we are going to need to do much much better.  If it was complacency then we need to be more focused.  No game in this league is a gimme and we need to have our minds firmly on the job.  More of a worry would be if it was tiredness.  We have an extremely congested fixture list coming up where we will be playing on a Saturday and in midweek for the most of March.  If they are already tired after one extra match we are in trouble when the fixture pile-up is upon us.  Of course it could also be that we are just not good enough and that we have been riding our luck more than some of us credited.  Time will tell on this one.

Whatever the issues are they need to be addressed and sorted out very quickly.  We have four matches coming up which in my opinion are all "must wins", starting with Exeter on Saturday.  There is going to be a huge crowd due to football for a fiver and we really need to show a dramatic improvement and get the right result.  It will be interesting to see how our new manager fares with getting a reaction from the players after their first loss under his tenure.  There is clearly a lot of work still to be done with this team and we need a fast resolution.

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