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Half-term report.

December 31, 2012

It’s easy to get carried away in football.

After the disappointing defeat at Barnet, I found myself in agreement with people saying this poor form against the league’s struggling teams will see us fall short of the play-offs.

Then you beat Rochdale and Southend within 3 days, and go back upto 7th in the table boasting the best home record in the League.

If we go on to win at York on New Years Day, then maybe we do have what it take’s to make the play-offs?…

But back to my opening line: It’s easy to get carried away in football.

Let’s have a look at that bigger picture, something Mr Rowett has stressed all season.

As Rowett himself has stated, we are still a “work in progress”. But I feel the progress to date has been rather pleasing.

If you start initially with who Rowett let go in the summer, and who he’s bought in, I honestly think he got it spot on.

In Stuart Tomlinson we have a goalkeeper with presence, whilst understudy Dean Lyness seems an astute capture and has proved he can handle League 2 whilst Tommo has been injured.

We now have height, presence, and strength in defence. We also have something not seen since the days of Mark Blount – a goalscoring centre-back.

The goal-scoring centre-back in question is Zander Diamond, and what a signing he has been. Strong both aerially and on the floor, mobile, vocal, a proper leader out there, he’s even from the same part of Scotland as my Mum, the Vale of Leven!

Lee Bell has been the player we’ve been crying our for since Michael Simpson left in 2010, settling into the holding midfielder position prefectly and anchoring the team to some strong disclipined performances, such as Rochdale and Crewe away.

We’re still capable of taking teams apart; the Wimbledon and Oxford games showed that. But the team is now looking a bit how Rowett (and I dare say us fans) wanted it to, solid, dogged, determined.

Something that’s been missing I think for a couple of seasons is the ability to knick a goal away from home, and put in a strong, disclipined defensive performance to come away with the points.

Now we’re not quite going away and winning every game 1-0, but the away games at Rochdale, Coventry (JPT), Morecambe, Crewe, and Chesterfield have showed that defensively, things are progressing steadily.

And steady progress is the key, it’s steady progress that see’s us sat in the play-offs of League 2, and not back in Non-League like Boston United, or extinct like Rushden & Diamonds.

We’re heading in the right direction. A top half finish for me this season would be brilliant, because as Rowett says – look at the bigger picture.



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