Why did the club struggle so much at the start of the season? |
answered that he really didn't know, but that the
uncertainty around the punishment for Boston had meant that pre-season had been
a little strange, and players and staff had felt let down by the outcome of the
FA inquiry. In September he had pretty much the same squad that has now lost
just once in 19 league games, but that a few were carrying injuries and players
like Lee Matthews and Tim Cole were feeling their way back from long term
Garry agreed that had the club had the services of Lee Matthews and
Tim Cole in 2001/02 it would almost certainly not have lost out on goal
difference as it did, after all those two were the heart of the defence that carried us to
3rd the previous season.
He added that it was the first time in his ten years
as a manager that he had lost four games in a row and that his philosophy was to
live and learn from problems. Taken the right way, adversity makes you stronger.
The club has bounced back from the poor start and is challenging again.
told the team after the FA Cup exit to treat the season as a sixteen game league
season. They had done that and now it was a twelve game season.
How many points
needed to secure a play off spot?
Garry said that he thought that 75 would do it, but
added, tongue in cheek, that if we win all our games and gain 88 points, this
would win us the title.
Is money available for
replied that there is money in the pot still. Garry added
that he is still looking for another left sided player which would give him what
he believes is everything we need. Paul Bruce is now back in training and may be
ready in a few weeks having had two operations, but Garry is worried that the
loss of John McGrath or Ashley Vickers would leave us exposed down the left
Does having such a large squad made it hard to
motivate fringe players?
Garry replied that in modern football it is
necessary to have large squads, flexibility in tactics and coverage for various
positions. The players understood this and all wanted to be part of a successful
club so were willing to work and wait for chances to come.
He added that he felt Danny
Hill was one of the best players in terms of ability he had ever had in a team
of his, but that in our league he lacks some of the "physicality"
needed. He also mentioned Mark Rooney as a superb example of a squad player.
we disappointed by this seasons attendance figures?
Dave said that the
club is disappointed that gates have dropped but that the club's mid-table
position in September was probably to blame and that many fans are very fickle. He did
say that with the current position and a number of major games still left to
play there is a chance that this could change yet.