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Cook: Fans Have Been an Absolute Credit
Friday, 17th Sep 2021 11:12

Manager Paul Cook says the Town fanbase has been “an absolute credit” during the Blues’ disappointing start to the season.

While there have been boos at the end of recent games and some comments aimed in his direction, Cook believes that that comes with the territory after a beginning to the season in which there has been more pain than he anticipated.

“One of the things that I do want to comment on is how strong our fanbase and support has been,” he said.

“They’ve been an absolute credit. People go on about there being a bit of disharmony at the end of games. Football’s like that now and there’s not been a lot of disharmony.

“As I walk off the pitch there are one or two shouts, but there is a lot of encouragement. Our fans are desperate for a successful football team and I’m desperate to deliver it for them.”

Has the fans’ reaction been fair? “One hundred per cent. I’ve got no issues around it, absolutely none. The only thing, like I always say to supporters, [is that] we didn’t expect to go through this much pain.

“We thought we’d be one of the forces in the league right away because of the calibre of player we’ve signed.

“Unfortunately for us, the calibre we’ve signed at times look like a bit of an individual team.

“Good teams are not just made up just by good individual players, they have a collective bond and that collective bond is something we’re lacking at the minute but is something that will be instilled in the team shortly.”

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OwainG1992 added 11:17 - Sep 17
Hear Hear.
Vast majority of the fans want this to work and are behind the journey.
Support the team.

backwaywhen added 11:22 - Sep 17
The collective bond come from both the players and most definitely the coaching staff …… somethings amiss with the latter IMHO.

Pilgrimblue added 11:45 - Sep 17
Yes we have but for how long!

For me it's Cook's formation of 4231 that is the root cause Our two holding mids get swamped by opposition mid and rarely win 50/50 balls and are too slow. Then there's the 3 attacking mids who are too far away from striker and do not track back. Take Chaplin in last game, i don't think he touched the ball which is a bit like Fraser when he last played.
We're therefore too narrow which is why Bolton etc had so much space out wide. So was it any wonder that the had easy time against our fullbacks.
I don't know why managers are so reluctant to use 442. So until Cook changes we're unlikely to get any better, even scoring two goals is no good if we let in more!!

Michael101 added 11:45 - Sep 17
Fans been a credit?? Not on ###king

Bluemike31 added 12:21 - Sep 17
Its true what Cook says, sadly the solitary w****r with the big mouth, big ego and negative stance is always louder than the Hundred level headed and more understanding fans.

Bazza8564 added 12:59 - Sep 17
And tomorrow, as ive said many times this week, we go again like never before because we love this club and we can help make the difference.

Lincoln, here we come!



Suffolkboy added 14:38 - Sep 17
Touching faith and belief ; guess it’s what Managers are taught to portray BUT ,love ITFC as we all do, we do EXPECT our Managers to bring in players with football intelligence and desire and character .Once on the pitch it’s down to them to react , make decisions ,effect judgements and bring control to their side ; coupling skills and talent to both defend and score .
These are simple standards ,our players are the ones PC selected and even he must be puzzled why they don’t currently concentrate and focus as we’d anticipate they ought , individually and in concert !
We’re all looking for a tune, a rhythm a harmony and something to carry us along too ; hope the conductor can orchestrate something very soon !

istanblue added 20:26 - Sep 17
The new PR Paul?

Wickets added 14:54 - Sep 18
I remember him as a Sky pundit saying once a manager loses the fans he is on a hideing to nothing ! so and rightly so he will do all he can to keep us onside . Our support until Xmas at least should be a given .

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