Reading Between The Lines No More
What the hell was that?
I honestly don't know what to say to you.
I'm still ill but that isn't the reason I haven't posted a reaction to what went on in Berkshire, Saturday afternoon. My hands have hovered above the keyboard several times- during the game, also- but with my gob well and truly smacked, I couldn't muster a solitary word.
Your comments have kept coming and they've been pretty much what was expected. But the conclusion of what happened at the Madjeski Stadium had even aussiemike rocked back on his heels- Mike's worse would have flattered them.
The records that the current Wanderers team are setting are nothing short of embarrassing. The worst start to a league campaign in over a century and now the worst drubbing in a game in over 30 years have fans wondering how bad is it going to get before things improve.
Can it get any worse? Course it can.
I knew it was bad at the Reebok, but I didn't know it was this bad. I had a feeling something beneath the surface was rotten, but to what extent remained speculative until those seven strikes tallied on the big screen.
The 'team-formation' discussions you guys have brilliantly submitted over the weeks; the 'starting-11' musings you've offered and the 'pro-con Dougie' debates you guys have detailed, unfortunately have all been futile. In our little circle- by that, I mean, we who don't know the full extent of disaster bubbling beneath the turf- they've felt epiphanic. I really felt we were getting to the root-causes of our problems and by discussing such problems, could eventually call for what tweaks needed to be tweaked to galvanise a squad, only slightly out of synch... Not even close.
Things are bad... Very bad. We can carry on with the formation discussions if you like, but what happened at Reading over the weekend, discussing formations for a team so lost, is like discussing what shape and colour of sticking-plaster do we put on this fractured skull.
Is that an over-reaction? I mean, it was only one game.
It is only one game, but if I'm honest with myself, that game has been coming for quite some time.
Please, batter me in the comments section. I welcome it. Because if you do give me plenty of stick in the space provided, it means I'm wrong.
If you've got a solution, even better.