|[Blog] Has The Tide Turned For Town?|
Written by Pessimistic on Wednesday, 14th Dec 2011 09:30
<i> Was it a false dawn we witnessed in the second half at Barnsley or the beginning of a mini-revival? Only time will tell but having seen what the Blues can do when they find some form is certainly room for encouragement.</i>
It was of course a game of two halves last Saturday in front of the Sky cameras. Town's first half display was as bad as anything we have seen all season and yet after the break they excelled beyond all expectations and probably produced their best football to date.
Having lost their last seven games on the bounce, one has to ask, but where did that performance come from? Was it something in the half-time cuppa that made the difference or Paul Jewell's implied letter of resignation?
Whatever it was, Town came out with all guns firing and an early goal after the interval certainly helped. But that was not all. The team gelled for the first time in a long time and everyone played their part.
The quality of the passing and the nature of the goals had us all scratching our heads in amazement and for good reason. It showed us that when everything clicks into place we can do the business and in such an emphatic way!
The reality of course is that we are probably clutching at straws. Our defence is as vulnerable as ever and with the impending departures of Danny Collins and Keith Andrews we will probably have to start all over again.
What makes it even more frustrating is that once more so many contracts are up for renewal and although Paul Jewell has suggested that it is not always a bad thing to keep players on their toes, there is a real risk of déjà vu here. We are still suffering to some extent from last season's play-aways Norris and McAuley leaving the scene on free transfers and we must ensure this does not occur again.
That said some of the players whose contracts are almost up are perhaps not worth keeping. Some would argue that Carlos Edwards,Ivar Ingimarsson, Tamas Priskin and Grant Leadbitter are not up to it anyway and we need to find fresh blood to rejuvenate our team. Simon Clegg must address this situation in earnest though. He has to finally prove his worth.
Whether there is light at the end of the tunnel or even a tunnel to dig ourselves out of, is still very much open to debate but at least Sky Televison must have been impressed with last week's epic encounter! They may even be thinking of featuring Town game more often because in just three games this term they have witnessed a staggering 19 goals!
Not always so good for Town supporters though as more than half of them have been scored against us, which says everything you need to know about our leaky defence I suppose.
Let us hope and I do mean HOPE that this is the beginning of a new dawn. If Town beat Derby at home on Saturday, then we could go on a bit of a run again. This season is one of massive transition and acquiring so many new faces and loanees has just added to our woes. Only time will tell if the tide has turned but turn it must if Paul Jewell wants to stay at the helm for long.
On a personal note I genuinely want this to happen but football can be very cruel and there is sadly no room for sentiment in the modern game. Let me end by taking this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and if Town can gain some inspiration from that second half display at Barnsley then it could turn out to be more memorable than ever before!
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