I didn’t see anything of Thursday’s match, and now it’s hidden behind the ugly high wall of Setanta Sports, it’s not likely that I ever will. However, to concede a last minute goal, suggests a lack of maturity at the back. Something that was obvious after the goal against Forest Green last week. The panic suggested we were under attack from Japanese kamikaze pilots.
In the context of the season, the defeat may not do us any harm. It’s good to get the delusions of invincibility out the way early. I’m happy to sit in the pack for the first third of the season as long as we’re able to utilise our strength in depth approaching Christmas. Big if, but in comparison to last year, where the pedestal we put ourselves on got taller and more precarious, something about this season feels a bit more comfortable.
I don’t intend to subscribe to Setanta. The temptation is there, of course, but something about it doesn’t feel right. Reading Jim Smith’s comments about the deal the BSP has done with them makes the blood run cold. It seems their intention is to jazz things up with pitch side interviews and changing room cams. Why do they feel the need to do this? This is a serious business to those of us who consider it serious; for the disinterested, it is completely baffling where the interest lies. It can’t be sexed up.