It feels like an eternity since the Premier League trap-door slammed shut, yet here we are on the brink of a competitive Riverside return already. And I am so ready. I can’t wait to see that stadium rocking again.
Of course the season is already underway but it doesn’t really feel that way until a home tie is played; and let’s face it, looking at the Wolves performance, we haven’t really started just yet.
Losing at Molineux wasn’t the opening to the season we’d hoped for. If anything it was a reality check, and despite splashing the cash in the summer, it showed there is still work to be done.
Every point is key but history shows that losing on the opening day certainly doesn’t define a season and it’s sad to see a little negativity creeping in from some sections already.
Making so many changes to a side in an attempt to add quality brings the benefit of added freshness and strength to the squad but it also brings the requirement for patience. The players need to learn each others game; and in our instance, both the new players and the existing ones need to learn the new managers way of doing things.
It’s all too easy to judge players, teams, and managers far too quickly these days; with every game, move and pass being seen by all as well as every stat being so readily available and overly analysed. This is a new project that Steve Gibson is putting together and it deserves the gift of time as well as a little understanding.
Of course we want to bounce straight back up, and I have no doubts that we will be in with a shout of doing that, but with so many changes to the staff, team, and mentality, we can’t be expected to gel overnight.
And if we put things into perspective, we could have easily had some points were it not for an awful pass from Ayala, which lead to the Wanderer’s goal. A mistake that the usual Dani Ayala, an Ayala with more football under his belt, would probably not have made.
The point is that Monk and the new boys need a fair crack at getting things going. Usually 10 games is highlighted as the magic number for getting an idea of how a season is coming together and by that point we will probably know what we are in for.
I’d like to see a bit of excitement this year but regardless of what happens, we just need to be in good voice and give our full support.
I’m hoping for an energetic, attacking, entertaining performance against Sheff United; but most of all, I’m just hoping for a win. Either way, football is back at the Riverside so let’s make some noise.
Come on Boro. In 86 we nearly died….