Prayer Mats Out – Again!
GOOD FRIDAY, THE START FOR BLUES SURVIVAL BID
Tonight, Bowyer’s Blues embark on the final eight games of what can only be described as a season of perpetual calamity. More to the point a season of mismanagement, tactics bordering on lunacy and game plans simply not worthy of the name. Criminally and sadly we are in this situation which was totally unnecessary.
Players recruited are decent but a fair few not really the answer to what was required. However, these players should have had enough about them to have avoided an eleven home game run of consecutive defeats. Horror shows whichever way you dress it up. Nothing more needs saying as Blues supporters are literally on the deck and punch drunk. Joyless Saturday evenings have become the norm. Now for the chink of light and hope in the shape of Lee Bowyer, who by sheer reputation and never say die attitude, takes on the final eight games in the mighty task of saving the club falling into League One. Herculean ask it certainly is, but his mere presence and decision to join the club has given everyone the tonic we craved.
After the long awaited home win against Reading two weeks ago, hopes now turn to this evening and another home game against Swansea. Another opportunity for Bowyer to show what he can change in such a short couple of weeks at Wast Hills. What appeals to me is his no nonsense approach to the opposition- never in awe- always the same committed desire whether it be Barcelona or Barrow. Any doubters just ask Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Supporters of Blues need belief and Bowyer fits the bill, with hopefully him putting out proper systems and an end to square pegs in round holes.
My plea to all Bluenoses from tonight onwards is to do whatever is possible to uplift the club and believe again- we owe it to ourselves. Before Lee Bowyer we didn’t feel part or recognise our beloved club, but there is a genuine air of hope that these remaining games could provide survival.
New sensible and proper Manager we now have, existing players hopefully have bought into him and the fight is on. We as followers cannot be there to spur them on but just having new belief now could help.
Finally, in the words of the wonderful Tony Butler ‘come on and get the prayer mats out’. Every club needs that ‘extra’ help from time to time – just that we tend to need it more than most.
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