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Down,Down,Deeper&Down-by TMP

Despite all the good news about the new loans, Bardsley and Gray who both made their debuts against Stoke City yesterday and of course Steve Cotterill's new contract, we were not able to translate the confidence that should have had on the team into a win! We couldnt even score a goal yet again in our match at Britannia Stadium yesterday except a disallowed one!

A disappointing 1-0 defeat against Stoke City with the goal being scored by someone with Blackburn Rovers connections just rubbed further salt into the wounds!

The Status Quo at the moment is that we are going Down,Down,Deeper and Down!

Lets not forget we were 5th at one point before Christmas and the freefall has now taken us to 18th place with no goal now in 5 games or over 450 minutes of football!

But how far have we to drop still and will the last 'Down' in that expression mean relegation to League 1?

Of course we are all denying we are in trouble and that we wont need 50 points this season for safety with the bottom three clubs off the pace! But are we safe?

With only one win now in 14 matches and still 7 points off the recognised safety level of 50 points, can we afford to be complacent? The longer we go on like this, the less confidence the team will have despite the new faces. Lets also remind ourselves that the third bottom club,Millwall are only 10 points behind us although we do have a game in hand! Thats still not a cosy margin especially when you realise we play them at the New Den in the penultimate game of the season!

I dread to think what would happen if we were relegated and it would be an absolute disaster because I am led to believe, and this is just strong gossip and rumour at the moment, that the Club may be releasing quite a surprising amount of money for Steve Cotterill to build the squad in the Summer! Its vital this squad building is for a team to play in the Championship not League 1! Next season,if the rumours are true, could be the first for sometime that fans realistically can look forward to the Club becoming a recognised Top 10 club in the Division and possibly even being in with a shout of the play offs.

First things first though, we have to survive this season yet and this is no time for complacency. The pressure is on to deliver and stop the downward spiral so somehow Steve and the lads have to lift their spirits, start scoring again and get our first three points on the table since the 4th February.

Next one up? Norwich at the Turf this Friday and its on the telly! Please lets have a win and revenge that miserable night that I had over Christmas in Norwich at Carrow Rd, with the team losing convincingly whilst I froze my nads off in the bitter cold and snow! At least this time I will be sat in front of the telly and will be nice and toasty! Just hope I will also be toasting our first goal and our first win for ages. I hope too I can change that Status Quo tune to Yazz's 'The Only Way is Up'!




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 19 2006

Time: 9:54AM

Your Comments

Its beginning to look really worrying now. I am not one for doom merchants, but unless something happens soon, it aint looking good. We need to sort out our home record, as we have some really important away games coming up, which could see us well and truly screwed come the end of the season. Who would have predicted this in December? :-(
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We have to beat in my opinion QPR on the 8th April and get a couple of poi*** at least from Shef Wed and Millwall away. Providing we do that I think our last game against Luton could well be another win but I hope its all over bar the shouting by then and we are not in a must win situation!
turfmanphil
After the premature departure of Ade ,every thing is going topsy-turvy . We have to accept that we have lost a great match=winner .We are in a difficult situation and our boat is *****ing in a rough rude sea and can capsized if immediate remedial steps are not taken .I feel the urgency to have two more players on loan .
davemanu2000
 

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