Rituals are very important to the superstitious football fan, a cornerstone of the build-up to any game. Having a match put back to a Sunday to accommodate your opponents’ holiday plans may threaten to scupper these routines, but they’re still pursued if more by dint of habit than in honest belief that they will influence a game’s outcome.
BSAD: In essence, we got away with it. It would be easy to say that this was a below par performance – it wasn’t, it was about what we’ve come to expect. Confidence has an obvious part to play – as soon as we scored (in fact, as soon as Wayne Andrews, livewire that he is, came on) we looked a vastly superior side and put all our earlier discomfort behind us. What remains worrying, however, is the lack of quality in our service to the forwards – we have yet to learn how to rise above the hustle and bustle of a lower division game, something which won’t be helped by a short-term injury to Robert Page since Steve Palmer will presumably have to move back into defence to be replaced by the less-than-visionary Richard Johnson. And we really must sort out some decent free kick and corner routines.
Colin Lee’s final programme notes.