Hi everyone. Last week showed both ends of the spectrum from this current squad’s personality make-up.
Individual errors and personal lapses in concentration on the one hand, and a steely collective determination to pull together and deliver a performance commensurate with their ability and ambition on the other.
Twenty-five minutes gone and we’re two down, both soft goals from our professionally defensive standpoint, and leaving us with a proverbial mountain to climb against a team fighting for their lives.
Cheltenham certainly had, have, that fighting spirit. They’d won two in a row before they visited us, that gave them a faint hope of survival and fuelled that fighting spirit.
Cheltenham being two up was, believe me, our biggest challenge of the season.
The lads fought their way back, outworked and outplayed the opposition to the extent that we got the two goals back; missed a penalty and had good claims for two more refused.
Michael Collins hit a terrific 25-yard screamer that beat their keeper all ends up and hit the bar, and Danny Cadamarteri, after finishing one chance superbly early on in the day’s comeback, had a chance right on the death to win the game and seal the about turn on the day.
He didn’t score, but his contribution on the day deserved to. Well done Danny on your comeback.
Our frustration is to keep about 80-85% of the performance and shelve the looseness. How do we do this?
We review everything we do, in training and in games, to ascertain effectiveness. Not from an emotional standpoint, but objectively in the cool light of day. We are making a progress, performance-wise, for the vast majority of games without it showing up in our results yet.
We will continue to evolve our preparation processes, look to strengthen our squad when possible, and turn those results round.
Emotionally, we are intensely focussed on doing that as soon as possible, for everyone, fans, club and team alike.
Our training quality, as I’ve told you before, continue to improve and eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later, the habitual excellence will at a 90 minutes airing on match day!
That’s the leap from being a generally good side to being a winning, in other words, promotion team. That’s what you and we want. We’ll collectively be doing everything we can to achieve that for you.
Until next week.
Quote of the week: “Speed, simplicity, boldness, all things being equal these three variables will win the day.” General George Patton.
Onwards and upwards!