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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

It's all going Pete Tong

Before Christmas, seven points clear at the top of the table, not playing well, but still beating reasonable teams, all's nice and rosy.

Then the wheels come off .....

Stories of arguments, fighting and stomach pumps at the players Christmas party, a goalkeeping mistake at Doncaster, poor tactics at home to Tranmere and rumoured 4am drinking before the dismal 5:0 thrashing away at Oldham. Teams aiming for promotion don't lose 5:0 anywhere, let alone to one of their close rivals.

And now with the New Year hang-over finally wearing off, we're third in the table and more worryingly, falling fast.

If we don't get out of this god-awful division this year, we're in serious trouble. We'll no longer be the big fish in the small pond, we'll be the dying whale swimming blindly up the Thames.

It's time to get back to basics, Mr Calderwood, pick your best 11 players, play them at 4-4-2 and stick to it. Tell the players who aren't part of that best 11 now and if they're not happy, they know where the transfer window is.

Before too long, we'll be one of the also-rans clambering over each other for play-off lottery tickets.

Something's gotta change.


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