I called the 1-2 loss spot on for once.
Not that I’m glad about it, but it was about the only highlight of my Saturday afternoon.
While I was at work as the game was being played, I actually could have got to watch it, if I’d worked things right.
But at the same time there was a seriously important job that needed doing and I had to ensure it was done.
So it was a bit of a tough decision.
And after me talking about which players would start in the preview post, so I saw Kieran Richardson’s name on the teamsheet.
That clinched it and I decided the job was more important.
How sad is that?
I know I’m far from alone in thinking it, but Richardson is an awful player when it comes to Premiership standard and I just ended up asking myself “if players are being picked on what they show during training, what the hell are those not chosen to start doing?”
And let’s face it, Richardson cannot have been selected for what he’s done in prior games, as my opinion says that one vague recollection of a decent game apart, he’s been frankly rubbish and is yet another liability.
Why the hell are we playing this sort of player, who’s gone in the summer anyway? (after signing just a 2 year deal, which speaks volumes, in my opinion).
And why did we take Lyden off, when by all accounts he did ok, apart from losing his man for the first goal?
Just to leave the useless Westwood on the pitch?
Good grief, Westwood surely has to be another who performs well in training, as his contribution in actual games is also in my opinion, frankly so, so average.
And these are exactly the sort of players we need to get rid of.
But I wasn’t totally surprised by it all.
That’s what you get when you put Eric Black in charge.
It’s what he does; provide stability and be pragmatic.
Yet this is exactly what will not be needed next season.
We need someone to come in who can change it up tactically and not just play the usual, predictable plodders like we’ve seen under the usual plodding management we’ve had for far too long.
I know many of you didn’t like Sherwood, but I still feel that if he hadn’t been undermined in the way he was, we would at least be on more points than we currently are.
And I’m convinced that he’d have seen the reality of where we are and stop playing those who simply don’t perform.
Feel free to discuss that one and I expect to receive at least some stick for that viewpoint.
Not that any of it matters much.
Adam posted what many of us feel, earlier.
It’s just a numbness all round isn’t it? And our mathematical relegation has only been postponed for a few days.
Which leads me to the redundancies that are going to come.
Sadly, many of those who need the pin money they’re paid more than anyone, will be worst affected; those who clean the stands and do the (zero hours) “menial jobs” will be first on the list.
But there will no doubt be very good, long serving staff that will be hit too.
I salute them all and they have my sincere sympathies, as it just seems wrong that up to a hundred people will lose their jobs to save what probably amounts to similar money to what two or three or three of the board’s wages, combined with the “helpers” who are going to decide where the cuts are made, add up to.
But that’s how it is.
And while I’m at it, I also have to salute the fans who turn up week in-week out to watch the dross that’s on display.
The show of support for the club early in the second half, was much commented on and admired.
While there are many areas of the club to moan about, the standard of the support, even in these bleak times, is surely immune from criticism.