Ridiculous, utterly ridiculous! That's the only sentiment I can come up with when I contemplate the facts that (a); we were beaten by Coventry on Saturday, and (b); they have subsequently moved above us in the table! The difference in styles between the two sides was polar! I played under Aidy Boothroyd at Watford and experienced real success with the method, but when you are playing against it, it feels so anti-football!! Shelling fifty yard balls up to 6"5 striker Clive Platt in the hope of picking up the knock downs is real percentage football. By contrast, we tried to work the ball through the thirds and create an opening with movement and guile. This must sound like a really bitter rant because, after all, they won the game and that's all the Rothman's will show!
We must stay strong to our values and beliefs though. Continuing to play good flowing football and creating clear opportunities in front of goal will finally pay dividends. But it needs to be sooner rather than later, because we're getting to that point in the season where 3 points is actually more important than a good performance! We're halfway through a good week of high intensity work on the training ground and we need that to carry over to Saturday when we entertain Derby County at 5.15pm on the telly. It'll be a chance to show everyone what we're capable of and start climbing back up the league again.
Away from the pitch I had one of my proudest moments of my career this week. On Wednesday I was named the new Chairman of the Professional Footballer's Association, succeeding Chris Powell in the role. It's such an honour to be selected to represent your entire workforce, especially when it is your peers who elect you. I am just liaising with Chris and Gordon Taylor, our Chief Executive, to fully understand the parameters of the role, what the expectations and requirements are and what I can seriously contribute to/affect within the union and football in general. It's very reassuring to receive full backing when I state that I still have to devote full time and attention to my continuing football career. The requirements of the position can't in any way hinder that and if anything, I think they will contribute in a positive way.
One thing I will definitely have to improve on though, is names and faces! I am so bad at recalling people's names, it can be a bit embarrassing sometimes! I stand there, stalling, knowing that I know someone but just can't quite put the name to the face or place to them! If anyone's got any tips they would be greatly appreciated! So, erm, fella, thanks for reading my blog, erm, big guy, and please, have a great week and many blessings, er, love!!!
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