Oh, woe is me!
Updated Monday, 15th August 2005
A lesson in raised hopes... and coming back to reality with a bump!So, the summer signings slowly filter through. We've given up signing non-leaguers from Stevenage and Halifax and instead turned our attention to the Scottish Premier League and the Championship. This surely is the quality that we lacked last season to turn tenth into sixth? Surely....
Only as everyone knows football doesn't work like that. Pre-season passes and apart from the lack of goals nobody seems concerned. "The players are still gelling getting to know one another". First game away at Bristol City - a draw against one of the preseason favourites, although it's not so reassuring that they've started just as badly as we have. Nevermind, that weekend expectation hits fever pitch.
Then the MK Dons arrive for our first home game and Heffernen sticks us one up and the majority of the crowd (did MK actually bring more than Leigh RMI used to?) almost burst with excitement. All was going to plan, another couple tonight and then we'd be bubbling over with confidence to beat the much more competent Hartlepool at the weekend. Except, franchise hadn't read the script and scraped an equaliser to which we had no answer. Disappointment hung heavy as the lowish 6000odd crowd departed. Howver there were plenty of "don't worry, they were lucky, it's just a blip." Consoled by this and the reassuring words of the management on the radio, I again looked forward to Saturday.
So, better view acquired I watched as we huffed and puffed in much the same way as last season. Lots of nice football, proper wingers, some crosses... no finishing, again! Hartlepool snatched a goal before half time, but it didn't really matter as although we created some good chances we never really looked like scoring against them with that big bloody Greek in goal!
So, the summer is over. Expectation has now given way to the hope that we don't do what Barnsley did last summer and spend loads of money and expect everyone to roll over for us. I'm still confident that once we click into gear we'll be a good side, I just hope that we do it soon. Don't think I could face being below Scunny for long.