Like everyone else, I am really disappointed at how the season has turned out so far. An odd good performance here and there, mingled with silly defensive errors costing us points, confuses me. I know we are in League Two and inconsistency is about the only consistent feature in this League but no team, top or bottom, appear to justify their League position based on their performances against us so far.
I am trying to look at things positively. I don't think the players aren't trying. They may struggle to perform well individually at certain stages of the game and when that 'below par' performance is displayed by several members of the team at the same time, we struggle. But it does seem to matter to the players. They seem 'together' and (dare I suggest?) 'elated' when they score and look genuinely upset when things go against them. They do not give me the impression of not being bothered. I don't think the players are poor. Some have some talent, pace, skill, awareness and determination. It may not be there all the time, but the fact that it is there at all, is promising.
I have also seen really good individual performances from some players (admittedly sometimes followed by poor performances in the next game) but, again, we should try to focus on those rather than on the errors, mistakes and poor judgements.
It is the case that 'getting on the player's back' is unlikely to secure a better performance from them, so how about not doing it? Encouragement from the stands will always be well received and will usually result in a determination to improve. It is sometimes difficult to do anything but groan, let alone, encourage, but, instead of berating an individual, stay silent and express yourself more positively towards those players who you think are doing ok?
We need to get through this season, but we also need to try to keep the players who are capable of stepping up next season for GC. I want those players to have a desire to stay rather than being put off by a negative atmosphere in the stands. Remember, all the players hear and feel negativity even if it's not directed at them individually.
So for the final push in this season, can we just get behind the players we have and see where it takes us? Some say we aren't going to be relegated, but we are certainly going to have to fight our way out of this mess. On that basis isn't it better for us to try and be positive.....for the sake of ourselves, the management and the players?