Impressive despite the circus
By Paul Marsden
Tuesday 06 Sep 2011 13:41:00
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In a week that began with our usually secretive owner stripping for the amusement of the nation and one that followed an as ever predictable statement from Shambias I have took time out to have a look at how our hugely miss-represented club have actually started the season.


So many blogs, articles and social network postings stink of negativity and hatred towards the board.  None more so than my very own ramblings.  However, despite the bad feeling towards Mysterious Mike, Sports directs answer to lap dancing, and the tribe of smut that he dances with, we have actually, from a footballing point of view had a fantastic start to the 2011/12 campaign.  The mass squad destruction and cost cutting by the belt whipping exhibitionist appears to of galvanised the squad.  New signings, curly haired stalwarts and bit part players from last season have dug deep and managed to drag out three very impressive results.   Performances have been by no means spectacular but despite many murmurs to the contrary football is a results business, it is not all about the pound.  The funds are just the fruit that in most parts fuel the much needed results.  We do though have to refrain from getting carried away with this start to the season and the failure to fill the number nine void in many ways creates enough disappointment to ensure that we will feel grateful for these early points rather than excited about an assault on Europe. 


There is still room for optimism, maybe not as much as there could have been if the big tease had of pulled his finger out and sorted out our striking situation but with the fixtures that lie ahead there are definitely points to be had.  QPR, Villa, Blackburn, Wolves and even Spurs if they carry on their fragile start are all games that we can take points from.  For me in many ways the trip to Forest in the Carling cup is just as important as the rest.  A good cup run can breed confidence throughout a club and its support.  Especially in the North East. 


Despite the obvious the above paragraph are the reasons why I feel the club have really missed a trick with regards to bringing players in.  This bunch of fixtures would be a great platform to bed in a couple of real stars, fans favourites if you like.  Positive results from these fixtures and a much bolstered squad would send confidence crazy and put the city on an upturn therefore driving us on to a better level.  I worry that with the squad as it is that one or two injuries or a tough set of winter fixtures will really point out the cracks and the fragile situation that we are in.


All in all it has been a cracking start.  The mackems are hiding, Ryan Taylor appears to be able to put anything over any wall and maybe even Leon Best will be brim full of confidence after last week’s brace.  I am sticking my thumbs up towards the boys on the field almost as high as what I am sticking my fingers up at fat Mike.


Keep it up lads.                                 #BringBackTheScarves


Paul Marsden

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