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Back to Reality
Isn’t it incredible – Blues win a couple of games on the spin, the transfer window shuts with the squad intact and the internet goes quiet? The last week has been a good one for Blues fans in honesty and hope has once again sprung that the team can push on.
I have to make a confession here myself – it’s so much harder for me to write something every day when things are going well. I’d like to think that it’s not because I’m a “moaner” or a “doom merchant”, but more because when things are going well there is less to talk about and less to debate opinion over.
Yet you will not find me complaining in the slightest. Too often in the past eighteen months there has been despair at what is happening around the club; something that has puzzled me at times because it’s not like Blues haven’t been here before. I can remember as a kid my old man asking me who I was going to support when Blues finally went bust (this was around the end of the Kumars); I can remember us playing in what is now League One quite clearly and how hard it was to take when the claret and baby blue mob were riding so high in the Premier League. How times have changed, eh?
I do wonder if the League Cup win and the subsequent European campaign spoiled us a little; it showed some of us that there can be more to aspire to than purely just trying to remain in the Premier League, hanging on the coat tails of bigger clubs and I wonder if some of the ill-will that has been around this season has been because it’s been “back to reality”. I will admit that at times I’ve found this season hard to take because I expected us to do much better than we have and it’s only been in recent weeks when I’ve semi-given up on Blues that I’ve relaxed a bit more about the situation on the pitch a bit.
I don’t think I’m the only person to feel this either. Whilst there was a common “enemy” in McLeish on Saturday I got the feeling that the way the transfer window had closed had made a lot of people happier about the club and meant for a more positive vibe in the stands. I think it also showed on the pitch because I think the lack of uncertainty now has lifted a bit of the burden from the players and they seemed to show much more of their old selves. Whilst many spoke about the return to form of Chris Burke (who has been excellent in the last few weeks in fairness), I think it also showed in players like Nathan Redmond who seemed much more settled and relaxed and was going back to doing what he does best – taking on players at pace and getting the crowd on their feet.
No doubt a poor result to Charlton will bring us back down with a bump but I don’t think it has to be that way. There were comments yesterday about me seemingly giving up because I aired my view that promotion was beyond us but that isn’t the case – if anything the lack of expectation now is making me feel more positive about games because I’m not worried any more about how not winning games is going to cost us. It’s a bit fatalistic but I think as people accept that finishing in mid-table won’t be the worst result for us this year that maybe there will be more positivity in the stands and maybe Blues will benefit from that.