We’ve reached the turn of the year, and with it the January transfer window is set to open. Since I last posted an update we’ve had the classic rollercoaster of results – thankfully, the boys have delivered their gaffer a Christmas present to keep our chances of league glory alive.
The mood is harmonious in our dressing room once again. I’ve even begun to earn the respect of wee Stevie Murray, who has taken it upon himself to talk through issues with the guys on the fringes and frustrated with their lack of game time. Things are still precariously balanced however, and a bad run could see us open up old wounds…pushing on isn’t just important for challenging in the Lowland League, but also for my prospects of a contract extension!
Encouraged by Michael Moore’s tactical approach, and looking to boost crowds at our temporary home, we’ve adopted the old ‘El Classico’ mantra of “we’ll score more than you”. This has produced admittedly varied results; while we netted late winning goals against Civil Service Strollers and Edinburgh Uni, Vale of Leithen and Hawick called our bluff and hit us on the break to take maximum points. The fact our form is up and down would be concerning enough on its own, but it also seems to be affecting big Michael’s sanity as he searches for solutions…
The managerial learning curve is a steep one. I’ve learned a valuable lesson about shooting ourselves in the foot, and will have to adopt a more reserved approach during games instead of throwing everyone forward and constantly tweaking our approach. Fortunately, our rivals at the summit have had similar issues as winter arrives – it seems the shock sackings of Billy Stark and Chris Geddes by East Kilbride and the Uni of Stirling respectively have got backsides twitching around the league.
Lucky for my team, Mr Prince has reaffirmed his faith in our capabilities, as part of a Christmas message that looks ahead to a predicted championship challenge. If you’re keeping track, that’s now squad harmony, the mental wellbeing of my backroom staff and ultimately my own future riding on what comes next. No pressure…especially as our final game before the end of 2017 was a trip to leaders East Stirlingshire!
What a relief it was when ‘Smudger’ Smith sealed our 2-0 win at Ochilview. As seems to be commonplace, we dominated possession and the shot count over our opposition, although this time we were far more patient and it worked out perfectly. When Danny Stoney is on song it really makes the whole side tick, with his goal being a suitable reward for all the effort he’s put in so far this campaign.
I finished the last update with a bold decision, and another one seems to be in the offing. This one is looking to avoid any major changes in the transfer window as I have faith in the squad we already have – having said that, if someone comes available that will truly improve our starting line-up we cannot afford to ignore them. Four teams enter 2018 separated by a single point; time will tell if we can outlast our rivals over the next 13 games.
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