A Journey Of A Thousand Miles…
A Journey Of A Thousand Miles famously begins with one step. Barkas took a step out from his goal,and under no pressure whatsoever,flapped like an aging windmill in a stiff breeze.
I do not care how good he was on paper before he joined us,how many international caps he has,nor what world-renowned teams he has played for. I could have headed that clear last night-and I’m 58yo and 400 miles away. Cut him loose,defenders need to have confidence in their keeper or they end up losing confidence in themselves.
I’ll grant you that Forster did us a wrong ‘un by turning his back on us last season. But he is available. And he’s never let us down while he’s wearing the jersey. Get him back,get Barkas tae hell out of the place and we can be reasonably confident that an embarrassment like last night will never happen again.
As it stands,any team must know that they only need to put the ball into the box and let him take care of the rest. And if our defenders too realise this-as they must-where does that leave us? Last ditch tackles on the halfway line like last year?
Not helped much of course when one of our defenders happens to be the hapless Nir Bitton. Sadly,another example of just how big a rebuild is required at our club. And when the four man spine of our team contains Barkas,Bitton and Edouard,it becomes obvious to a blind man that we are in bother. Thankfully,the link in midfield,Soro,was playing up to his billing-though he needs to get to know better where his team mates are when he receives the ball.
Maybe not quite a Man of the Match performance from him-but very close,and I will continue to support him as he beds himself into the team.
The site has decided to discontinue the match reports,but this one Is more of a discussion about events last night and why we are where we are. If Dom and AP are as aware of our problems as we are-and I have no reason to doubt that!-then I expect our regular line up to be significantly different in two or three months time. It is maybe the biggest cliché of all time to say that “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”,but it is too easy to forget that it was burnt down overnight.
Dom and AP are dealing with what remains of a scorched earth policy. Last night gave us a few reasons to be cheerful,but also a number of reasons to be fearful,dredging up some very bad recent memories.
I continue to believe that we have a bright future ahead under their leadership,especially bearing in mind what we have had to endure previously. But we cannot fool ourselves and expect jam tomorrow.
I think we might have to learn to live with a bit of bread and scrape for a while.
Above article by BMCUWP