Keep the faith, or what do we have?
Some fans have chosen to take exception to comments coming from the dressing room.
What I would ask is - we are coming to a key point of the season and we need to stick together and get behind the players, manager and club.
It’s fair to say results away from home have been better than those at Blundell Park – a telling trend that clubs talk of with less pressure away from home.
It’s a fact that the fans away are less critical and sing their hearts out even when we have gone behind. Is it a factor in our away form? Well I think so.
I would like to ask all our loyal following to show blind faith and help the players with as much backing as possible.
It’s easy from the sidelines to take exception to some comments, statements and actions which emanate from the club, but what I would say is, inside we pull together and for sure we need the backing of the fans.
In front of a microphone, or in a statement, some things come out which might be misrepresented, come out the wrong way or whatever.
But the facts are that it’s the peoples club and the manager, players and staff at the club are part of that. All are human and feel the mood of criticism and the fans’ backing.
None of us would like to go to work with a monkey on our backs and, at the same time, know that praise and backing can make you feel ten-foot tall and perform much better. It’s no coincidence.
A player immediately criticised for a wayward pass can easily hide in the game to avoid such criticism, and we don’t want that.
Some players, for whatever reason, are criticised, sometimes to the point of abuse the second it doesn’t go right – something that is far less prevalent away from home.
An example: Early in the season Liam Hearn shot and just about hit the corner flag to be followed by a roar and chant of ‘Liam! Liam!’ That I understand, but when in the same game another shot just past the post he was jeered.
Lenell John-Lewis was immense last night, it was a great point in the end and others fell away below us.
We are proud Mariners, but have nothing by rights. The proof is we were not good enough to stay in the Football League, so we find ourselves in the Conference, third in the table with a great chance to get back into the league.
I cherish the notion that in a few years the Conference becomes a distant memory.
Please back the boys with all the humility you can during games and if at the end it’s not been good enough, then fair enough, let it be known.