So the annual curtain raiser at Newcastle Town has been and gone, who were the players who got hat-tricks I wondered as I got back from a day out... none it seems. In fact, we were beaten…..and only scored one goal.
It's all too easy to panic and start quoting statistics pairing pre season form with that taken into the league, but this fan is trying his best to remain as level headed as possible.
Historically, we play this fixture something like 10 days into our pre-season work, this game was played only 3 days in – we also split the squad across two games, the other being another loss at Nantwich, and in addition, we swapped teams around at half time in each of those games.
I might be clutching at straws somewhat with these, but the fact remains that I have faith in our manager. There have been times where I have struggled to agree with his signings, approach or selections (Cresswell is just not good enough for the Prem!), but on the whole, Pulis has done a magnificent job and no matter what, will always do his best for the club and will more often than not pull out a surprise signing from nowhere to help silence the many pre-season panic merchants.
The squad, as it is, over achieved last season, I think we all appreciate that, but with a handful of signings, preferably adding a couple more for the future, we should look in good shape for the season ahead.
Quality is a classic Pulis'ism and that's precisely what we need to add to our current ranks of sheer determination and fitness – but finding players who have all three is not as easy as it sounds and Pulis is the only one who truly understands the balance of the dressing room and how certain arrivals will affect it.
I will once more place my faith in our leader, and entrust him, as I do every season, with all my hopes, fears and dreams and pray he delivers once again, I have to, because in Pulis we trust...