Unfortunately events like this now attract those who will attend anything if they think it is important.
It is wrong to say there were only three days to sort it. The fixtures were known in advance, so planning for any eventuality should have been in place.
Away from the ground, you had the clueless bloated buffoon encouraging the pubs to open - 9am (?) on the morning of the game. Only a gormless halfwit desperate for popularity would not have understood what would follow.
A thought must also be, how many like the OP have not actually read what the ban related to - which makes you wonder how much of what is put out as news is actually understood.
Clearly Cook hasn't the slightest idea of where we are, who is who in this region, and what is currently important.
If he is thinking of a 'big game' in round 3 then I think Man U, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham would rank higher - genuine PL clubs who apart from one have not been to PR for a couple of decades. Teams with world ranking stars.
As to big, then get us to the top and every game will be big if you can keep us there or thereabouts.
And as to big, the scum are at Stamford Bridge on Sat we have friggin' Fleetwood. From a town the size of Felixstowe.
We may not be celebrities, Cook. But it's time you got us out of here.
What changes, off the field, that will take time, will eventually see us promoted
much as with on the field
what is it that after 15 or so competitive games the squad is still lacking ?
Perhaps it is Peter Reids input at Playford Road, or Morsy s need to gel. Could it be that the keeper we signed as first choice is not ready yet.
The pitch, perhaps when that is replaced, and all the light bulbs that don't work have also been replaced ?
The recruitment team have only just recruited the missing component, or the coaching staff are still getting used to coaching in a new (to them) training ground.
Or in the real world, where we are failing is on the pitch, via a dozen or more players who have been playing football for 15 years, as a minimum. What is it about playing for us that requires them a full season to be able to play to the level we were told was to be not only expected, but almost guaranteed ?
Six points from tge next three games is not so much a breathing space - but an absolute minimum given we play the top five five times out of the following eight (half way point)
20 points after a third of the season points to around 60 points total
However best judge us after the next eight, taking us to the halfway point. We need around another 24 points from these eleven games, which include six games against the top 5.
If judged on league position alone, I doubt many could make a case for Cook staying when the transfer window opens. It will be how well the squad are playing. Whether they can grind wins out of draws, and look like their lives depend on each game.
As up to now they do not have that killer edge that puts points on the board week after week.
". We should be winning games like this with ease. We canâ€™t because I worry the players bought are not as good as the hype"
That pretty much nails it
We had the same guff last season where supposedly we had the strongest squad in L1. Where are they now ?
They need a bit of confidence.....bollox. A poor exvus for a player not fully committed. The players are training and playing together throughout the week. This gel stuff was yet another tired excuse.
If there was any genuine improvement, today should have seen us totally dominate Camb, and certainly not concede another two goals. The concern is that teams can work us out and so have a better 2nd half against us. So what happens when we play them next time.
A problem that has previously befallen us. Start the season well, then fade in the 2nd half.
There is little that suggest we have the mindset to grind out results week in week out.
Whereas most of the problem on here is that too many are seeing things through blue painted specs - as was last season, where the 'strongest squad in L1' was dismantled and then most barely stayed at this level.
The squad has shown that most are bang average, as the table shows. And most have been signed from Cooks phone book, rather than them being any much sort after player.
Whiney nonsense about confidence is just that, whiney nonsense. Cook signed these players. If they are not able to give 100% every game, then why are they here ? Why did the 'recruitment squad' not identify those flaws before signing them.
At the moment, none of us really have the slightest idea of what fees were paid, nor the wages either. I would suspect however that we could offer more than Accrington, Fleetwood, Salford etc without any increase in expenditure so there is not much there to go on.
What counts is having total commitment on and off the pitch. The latter being something that Morsy was supposed to address. A clear recognition of the failings of Cooks squad up till then. This is not some lapse either. Too many games we have let slip, suggesting that there is a lack of a dogged determination to see games out.
Bringing in the likes of Peter Reid and others points to a failing that needs to be addressed. Why ? The thought was that with the best manager, endless funds for a new squad and a top recruitment team, all the parts would be in place ready for the start of the season.