Yesterday’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, yet again, asked more questions than it answered.
The Wanderers’ struggles to win football matches of late have been a culmination of below-par player performances, questionable personnel/tactics from the manager and apathy amongst the ranks. Now, with the problems unresolved in camp, for most of the season, I fear the current crop of ‘players’ have forgotten how to win football matches.
Or, are they not being told how to?
I know, the wonder strike from Grabbon even before the Whites’ faithful had placed their backsides back on the blue plastic, didn’t help proceedings. But let’s face it, Bournemouth were always going to score yesterday, and the outcome- maybe even worse- would have still resulted in a draw.
There lies the problem.
They got the lifeline, thanks to Lewis’ hit, and the home players collectively pondered, ‘now what?’
I’m sorry lads, if you don’t know by now, you’re never going to know. Or maybe I should say, maybe you don’t want to know, or simply couldn’t care less?
Over to you, Dougie. This is what you get paid the big money for. You can complain about lack of funds, lack of left-backs, lack of transfer activity and lack of fitness ’til you’re blue in the face and it’s hard to disagree with you. But your boys were 2-0 up at home against Bournemouth yesterday and blew it… big time. Whatever your valid gripes are, yesterday’s collapse in concentration and commitment were unrelated.
The fans are losing faith in you, Dougie and it’s nothing personal. On the contrary, the majority of us Whites’ fans are praying you can turn things around and become a success at the Reebok. But when your lads lose a 2 goal lead at home, with seemingly no direction or promise of getting it back, you make it hard for even the staunchest of your followers to defend you.
I don’t doubt your work is testing, Dougie and I wouldn’t even begin to tell you how to do your job- but telling and advertising Andy Lonergan as your no. 1 ‘keeper, only to drop him to the bench not 24 hours later? Could it be things like that which had your Wanderers’ players running around yesterday with question marks above their heads, at 2-1 and 2-2 on the score-sheet?
Just a thought…