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The Wanderers' struggles to win football matches of late have been a culmination of below-par player performances, questionable personnel/tactics from the manager and apathy amongst the ranks. Now, with the problems unresolved in camp, for most of the season, I fear the current crop of 'players' have forgotten how to win football matches.

Or, are they not being told how to?

I know, the wonder strike from Grabbon even before the Whites' faithful had placed their backsides back on the blue plastic, didn't help proceedings. But let's face it, Bournemouth were always going to score yesterday, and the outcome- maybe even worse- would have still resulted in a draw.

There lies the problem.

They got the lifeline, thanks to Lewis' hit, and the home players collectively pondered, 'now what?'

I'm sorry lads, if you don't know by now, you're never going to know. Or maybe I should say, maybe you don't want to know, or simply couldn't care less?

Over to you, Dougie. This is what you get paid the big money for. You can complain about lack of funds, lack of left-backs, lack of transfer activity and lack of fitness 'til you're blue in the face and it's hard to disagree with you. But your boys were 2-0 up at home against Bournemouth yesterday and blew it... big time. Whatever your valid gripes are, yesterday's collapse in concentration and commitment were unrelated.

The fans are losing faith in you, Dougie and it's nothing personal. On the contrary, the majority of us Whites' fans are praying you can turn things around and become a success at the Reebok. But when your lads lose a 2 goal lead at home, with seemingly no direction or promise of getting it back, you make it hard for even the staunchest of your followers to defend you.

I don't doubt your work is testing, Dougie and I wouldn't even begin to tell you how to do your job- but telling and advertising Andy Lonergan as your no. 1 'keeper, only to drop him to the bench not 24 hours later? Could it be things like that which had your Wanderers' players running around yesterday with question marks above their heads, at 2-1 and 2-2 on the score-sheet?

Just a thought...

Writer:Mr Ecky
Date:Sunday February 9 2014
Time: 3:24PM


I myself am now bordering on apathy towards DF. What still concerns me most is how poor some of these players who take so much of our money home with them perform for us. Mears takes 25 grand a week home, which corresponds to about a stand's worth of tickets for each home game we play a season with current attendances. And what do we get for it? Absolutely nothing. He looks like Jardel did when he arrived. A million quid a year for a fat burger addict who can't be bothered to turn up for training on time. Awesome.
09/02/2014 16:26:00
Whaddya mean NO left backs. Young Andy Kellett is a superb prospect and should be given a try out. He definitely is better than Tim Ream. he is quick, mobile and has an excellent left foot for dead ball situations. maybe he is inexperienced but he is a left back.
Michael Moore
09/02/2014 17:24:00
Rob, I agree with your point about the cynical attitude of certain players. However this highlights another factor contributing to our current woes. When we were in the Premier League and in what PG described as a group of clubs - basically everyone outside the top four or six elite - who were constantly at threat of relegation, there was always talk of a contingency plan in the event of that happening and a big part of that would be players contracts having relegation clauses to limit or reduce their wages or release them if we did go down. Clearly that never happened. I don't want to drag up the whole tedious argument about past governance of the club, and to be honest even if such clauses had been in place it would only removed a small proportion of our debt, but it would have helped, especially considering FFP and the focus on this since we were relegated. More pertinent to our plight right now is how we use our assets to best effect - cynical, lazy and burger or twitter addicted as they may be. And this is where I have a big problem with Dougie. He seems incapable of motivating them at best and indeed more likely to alienate and antagonise them at worst. He may want to offload Mears, Eagles, Chungy or whoever but unitil he can do so it is essential to his job and to our progress to engage them, coach, cajole or cosset them into performances that win games for us. You don't do that by sidelining them and telling them they're a useless load of wastrels that you are just waiting to get rid of. That's our job! Mears isn't exactly my ideal defender and i would never have signed him ( cheers, Owen) but he is a serviceable asset we should be using, and part of a group of players who in spite of all their faults are more than capable of making an impact in this division if only they were mobilised and managed correctly. Dougie is absolutely falling flat in that aspect and we have good players who turn out looking sluggish, apathetic, frustrated with one another, tactically disjointed and playing without freedom, belief or direction. And that's not just the legacy squad that Dougie moans about, his signings too. Someone on LOV suggested we should appoint Warnock. I'm no fan of his but by God I bet he'd get more out of this bunch than our patient, tentative, apprentice incumbent. As would a number of others.
Skopelos Chris
09/02/2014 19:55:00
Lost faith some time ago I'm afraid. It feels as if the whole lot are killing time until the season ends. I don't think he will be sacked either. We need to hope we at least stay up because if we go down.........................
Nathans Phase
09/02/2014 19:57:00
everything that can be said about the manager has been said, I won't plough over old ground. 3 points from the last 18 is truly dire however, if we beat Burnley the mood will swing back in DF's favour, lose and his misery continues. DF desperately needs a victory this Tuesday, can the team rise to the occasion ? I think they are capable and we are due a result against the odds, but it will take commitment and fight on the night,
aussie mike
09/02/2014 20:51:00
The team are capable. I think the commitment and fight will be there. Whether Dougie's tactical instruction will meet the challenge is the question.
Skopelos Chris
09/02/2014 22:07:00
What the heck does Dougie say to the players at half time? Whatever it is it doesn't work. The lads should bung cotton wool in their ears, smile and say 'yes boss'. Then Spearing can give the motivational talk as they head up the tunnel. Maybe then we will get a decent second half performance.
Keith Lewthwaite
10/02/2014 00:20:00
Bournemouth came and worked hard for each other, had a little touch of class in Grabban (great player at this level) and reaped the benefits, and will be gutted not to have got three points. Our performance was completely lacking in commitment and concentration, as soon as anything started to go wrong the solution was to start lumping it aimlessly at Jutkiewicz, and all of the heads went straight down each time Bournemouth scored. I've defended Dougie for months but we need a manager who can properly motivate and control this bunch of overpaid losers. I've heard Warnock mentioned, it's sad indeed that he seems like an attractive prospect right now.
10/02/2014 08:27:00
I think we should get Kim Jong-Un. Chris - Mears is absolutely not a serviceable asset - you should see him - double chin and everything! Not what I would expect from a professional footballer.
10/02/2014 08:56:00
I believe that Mears had a row with DF (Which isn't wise, who argues with their boss) after that happened DF has refused to speak to him and he has been sent to train with the reserves and kids. I think this is why he refuses to leave. Now I think it is poor form to throw your toys out like that and he should be making an effort to get involved even if it means getting fit and playing reserve games. However it is further insight into the shocking man management at the club at all levels. I hope it is right that ED is selling up as we can have a good clear out at all levels and rebuild.
10/02/2014 09:29:00
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