Any Christmas Cheer at the Ricoh?
THE old clichÃÂ© that all we want for Christmas is some points has never been so true.
Let us not get carried away with ourselves, 2 wins back to back against the two weakest teams, using their league positions as a fair reflection of their forms, in the Championship, does not a 'good season' make, but, I am starting to feel that the points drought of the past few months, should be seeing a revival soon.
Those 2 fixtures in the past are the sort that traditionally we always slip up on, so encouraging has to be the word surely!
Given the opposition over Christmas, 2 points wouldn't be a complete failing, 4 would be a great return and despite them both being in the top half of the table, Nottingham Forest in particular hitting a rich vein of form of late, 4 is achievable.
Why ... quite simply, with the exception of Clingan, we are starting to get choices and options back on the field for most positions.
Equally, we can't leave out the fact that Freddie Eastwood has had 4 back to back "Man of the match" awards from the Evening Telegraph and having watched 3 of those games, I would whole heartily agree with that award.
The mood around the place appears to have lifted, fans are booing less, despite recent games when points have perhaps been earned by the teams endeavour, but not actually achieved ... but that as they say is just the way the footie cookie crumbles, simply put hard work doesn't always bear fruit, but the fans I feel are respectful that work rates have improved.
Undoubtedly, the January sales will throw us some expected and unexpected issues to resolve, Best is likely to go, Ward too, the unknown quantity is Westwood, the man I feel certain holds a large part of our potential future success in his hands.
Do we cash in and reinvest all back in to the team to strengthen a number of necessary areas, or hold on to what we have got, always a dilemma that all of us probably are thankful lies with someone else to make the decision rather than ourselves.
If he goes, then we MUST replace, Dimi simply isn't good enough and Freddie scoring two one end won't offset the ton of goals that will be in the "against" column come the league table at the end of the season.
I for one hope he stays, with injuries diminishing, a good shot stopper between the sticks and the same work rate of late from the team, should secure Championship football at the Ricoh for another term at least, with a mid table finish surely, in light of the last two months displays, an acceptable outcome.
This then leaves us all ready for the 2010/11 season when perhaps finally, us fans will get something to finally cheer about!
Have a very Merry Christmas, lets hope Santa keeps your children happy and deliver us all some festive cheer, by sending the Doncaster crew back up the M1 as miserable as Scrooge himself !