Lisbie 'aving you.
By Japandy
Sunday 21 Dec 2008 10:16:00
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Lisbie 'aving you. 

Don't you think it's ironic how powerful 'player-power' is? Not only content with earning thousands of pounds, even in a 'credit crunch', they seem to group together if they dislike their manager's style of training or system of play.

Fans across the country have become more vocal in their opposition to how much players earn or how they are putting themselves about, but player power is also becoming more prominent. Maybe it is due to fans' reaction and the booing that is becoming more common even at bigger clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal, but players seem to be fighting back.

I give two examples of this; first we have Paul Ince and Blackburn. From day one some of their 'big' stars resented Ince. Maybe they, mostly being internationals or from other countries, didn't know how good Ince was as a player? Maybe they didn't rate him? It has been said that many players didn't like his backroom staff as they are old school and expect honesty and hard work, things that are not so visable in our diving, red card waving, answering officials back culture. Whatever the reason the players didn't want to perform for him. This was evident with the result, under Big Sam, yesterday. Not even Big Sam can accomplish such miracles in such a short space of time.

The second example was at our Ricoh ground yesterday. Jim Magilton brought his team to play us but he is now coming under fire from his team's fans. Probably half this league's managers are feeling the same pressure but it is very sad when supporters are raising 'Magilton Out' posters even when their team have just scored a goal.

Apparently the local media in Suffolk are giving Jim a hard time and are trying to cause problems for him, and the team. This petty minded kind of journalism can have two effects. 1) divide the team from the manager, like Ince. Or 2) bring them closer together. Yesterday we possibly witness number 2.

Lisbie has only scored a few goals but yesterday he was playing like a man possessed. He constantly tested City's rearguard and if it wasn't for the heroics of Westwood City would have lost. City once again failed to keep a clean sheet which is becoming more and more worrying, but when you have a player who wants to do well for his manager, as Lisbie did, it can be very difficult, just ask teams in the premier who are coming up against Stoke and Hull.

Yesterday, City should have shut up shop and defended their lead, which they held twice. But that's easier said than done when your opposition are determined to get a result. If one takes this analysis on board one would see it wasn't in fact such a bad result after all.

Maybe, and I say this with tongue in cheek, but maybe the reason our players are not performing in the same way and with the same desire is that our manager's job is possibly one of the most secure in the league.

©2008 The West Terrace

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