A Strange Month In A Strange Season
It has already proven to be a rather strange month,and after this weekend’s match,will continue to be so. Throughout July and August,we have become used to playing twice a week,a gruelling routine which usually takes us into the New Year break. Due to our winning the league last season and qualifying for the group stages automatically,that was not the case this season.
No,our relentless twice a week routine only began this season when September arrived. It arrived with a bang,of course,with a lovely wee bit of hunskelping,a 4-0 doing that could have been anything on the day. It continued too with a terrific first 45 against the European champions,the galacticos of Real-although the wheels fell off after they got over their initial fright.
It continued with Wednesday’s curate’s egg performance against Shakhtar. And concludes on Sunday against St Mirren.
Wot,you may ask? Four games in a month? WTF is hectic or relentless or gruelling about that? Well,I told you it was a strange month! Two domestic games and two European ones,followed by one of those international break thingymabobs,plus of course a cancellation last weekend due to the death of The Queen-or the cowardice of the authorities,you can choose which you prefer.
Although we went into our first midweek match with a 100% record,we had at times seemed somewhat flat. Particularly in our first two home games against Aberdeen and Hearts. In fairness,at no time did we ever really look likely to be dropping points,but we lacked the zip we were displaying in our away trips.
Of course,that didn’t carry over into the match two short weeks ago!
Anyway,some of the members here attributed that flatness to not quite being up to speed yet,as they were only our first and third competitive matches of the season,whereas we would normally have played nine matches by the time of the Hearts game. And I suppose it is difficult to argue with that.
The question is,did that cancellation last week stall our momentum? And if so,what effect will the international break have on it,given that we return with a home match against Motherwell? Because we really don’t have much time to get back up to speed after this break. We have NINE matches in October,and while four of those are at home,only two of them are in the league. We have the double header against RB Leipzig-who will be looking to prove that they are nobody’s whipping boys-and the return match against Shakhtar at home. Plus a league cup quarter final at Fir Park.
Now if that doesn’t build some momentum,nothing bloody will-but only if we go on a winning streak!
To put that nine match run in October into perspective,we will only have played nine matches beforehand-stretching all the way back to July. And we only have four matches in November and THREE in December. Told you it’s a strange season,but we all knew that anyway.
I said before the Hearts game that we faced a run of eight very important games prior to the upcoming break,and I stand by that. A win tomorrow and I will give our lads an A- for them. Had we got the four points in Europe that I feel we deserved,it would have been an A*,for that is how well I feel we have acquitted ourselves.
And yet,at the risk of sounding like an entitled wee spoilt bastert,I want more! But only because we can see that there is so much more in the tank,that some players have not yet hit the heights of last season while others are only doing so intermittently.
Once we get our juggernaut into gear,the new players fully bedded in and our familiar friends from last season firing on all cylinders,this entitled wee spoilt bastert may yet get his wish.
Form is temporary,class is permanent. Time to step up,bhoys,and prove it.
Above article by BMCUWP