Safety the Main Aim!
Posted by chris_saxon on January 19 2009 14:09:29

A sixteen-point gap should be enough to ensure league survival with less than half the season to go. Having seen off a fairly limited Bournemouth side at Don Valley at the weekend and with Luton Town also losing it would appear that our main aim of surviving despite another point’s deficit is virtually assured.

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 A cold winters day hardly encouraged the fans to turn out in force for this potential six pointer. Indeed, less than 3,500 bothered to attend as our home gates continue to dwindle. I suppose that a number of factors are to blame. There’s absolutely no doubt that the Sheffield factor remains and coupled with the much heralded credit crunch and the post Christmas lack of funds, our poor attendances are hardly a surprise. Mark Robins continues to do a fine job and deserves much more form the fans.


Unless we can conjure some sort of long winning run, it would appear that a mid table final league placing is the best we can muster, though in my opinion, that would be a fine achievement after all we’ve been through. However, that lack of any promotion drive is certainly contributing to our lack of support.


If proof were needed that we can comfortably survive, then surely Saturday’s rather tame affair provided it. Bournemouth are a poor side and should have been beaten out of sight by the interval. Mark Hudson scored a fine goal early on and we awaited the floodgates to open. Not for the first time, we flattered to deceive although a wonder save right on half time would have surely settled those nerves.


This was a game that our opponents could not afford to lose and their first half display prompted new manager Eddie Howe to act quickly by introducing two substitutes at the beginning of the second period. They improved we sat back and even when the Cherries were reduced to ten men, nothing much altered, at least from our perspective. In fact, it was the visitors that improved and a late flourish almost cost us, though we hung on.


I wonder how many of the players were already thinking of Tuesday’s encounter at Glanford Park, when a decent display might well be the catalyst towards another trip to Wembley?


On this performance the defence looks capable of keeping a clean sheet, but one wonders where the goals might come from?


Broughton and Reid started the game though neither threatened to trouble to score sheet. Taylor and Burchill came on and they hardly improved things.


At least the apathy that is beginning to surround us all in the league is decidedly not prevalent in the Cups. A massive travelling support should engulf Glanford Park and ought to give the team a huge lift.


I’ll be there, though I’ll be in the home end hoping that a reasonable result will ensure that when we meet the Iron again in a few week’s time there’ll be all to play for.


Keep the faith and we will all be off to Wembley in April.

Chris S