First time i'd been and was a decent nights entertainment to be fair,only £8.Couple of beers which you are able to take with you pitchside as well.
Couple of points anyway regarding Westlake and Chris Hogg.Westlake is still only 30 but was probably one of the poorest players out there.Not sure if he has suffered bad injuries or simply lost that hunger for the game,but i was expecting him to have far more of an impact on the game.
Chris Hogg was as quiet as a mouse!I never saw anything of him here while he was in our reserves,but again was expecting a far more dominating performance from a guy who was captain of Hibernian last season.
What is there to weigh up?We have a squad weaker than last season,no drive,pace or quality in any area of the midfield,no pace up top and only 2 forwards on the books who you would trust to get 10 goals this season.
Now the best we can hope for is 1 or 2 short term loans after the transfer window shuts?Thoroughly depressing.
I'm pretty realistic (i like to think!) about our money situation,but with the Cresswell money and the books cleared considerably with other squad players leaving,I really was hoping for a bit more busniess to be done before we enter the dreaded loan market.I cant be the only one feeling apathy towards our situation currently.We are 4 league games into the season,yet there seems to already be this feeling of "ah well,at least we won't go down".
I just want us to be striving a little bit higher than that.
I'm off into town at 2.Not sure where though,ideally somewhere i can see the latest scores come in.Think its going to be a cider drinking day.Already earned valuable brownie points by getting up early with the kids and preparing lunch.
I have seen a lot of people assume that Tabb will start in place of Henshall,personally I have a feeling that we see both players in the lineup,but Tabb playing in the middle with Hyam and Skuse.Big Murph up top,Henshall and Anderson out wide,Gerken in goal,Parr,Smith,Berra and Chambers at the back.
and after an uninspiring,just below midtable finish in his first season,he then took that same bunch of players (bar exception of Warky and Steve Palmer) and turned us into champions.Something just clicked and those same bunch of players,who had thier moments in previous seasons,but not much more,suddenly looked like champions.
Now,I know the game has moved on since then but i'm just wondering/hoping that continuity is the key?I must admit,I have looked at our signings this summer and have been a touch underwhelmed.I am concerned that we do still lack enough quality in the squad as a whole but last couple of days ive been thinking just maybe these bunch of players,who MM is set to believe in again this season,may just click, like Lyalls boys did.This isnt to say that 9th last season wasnt an acheivement,it was,but i think most people would admit that we were just lacking something.
Some/most of us see Fulham,Cardiff,Watford bringing in another 10 players,Middlesbrough making 7/8 signings,Leeds flooding their squad with Italians,Charlton,Forest even Rotherham having a very busy summer transfer window and think how strong their squads are going to be.However,we know only too well that bringing in almost a whole new team doesnt always work.
So with my blue tinted spectacles on,Saturday getting closer and the optimism that a new season brings,I'm thinking how good we could be IF Skuse,after his settling in season,now shows us he can have a far bigger influence on the team,If a few more rough edges have been ironed out of Hyams game,If Anderson shows us that he can still be the exciting winger i remember from his Swansea days,If Nouble realises he has a home here and starts showing more than just dashes of promise in 15minute cameo appearances.
Roll on Saturday and see you all at the Cornhill at the end of the season....COYB.