Our Season is Over!
Well that’s what we were told by the Sky Commentators on Thursday ….. at least twenty times!!
For me and many of you out there, the fact our season was over was never in question weeks ago, when the virus struck a dozen folks in our camp. However, on this occasion I did turn the sound down after 60 minutes of the game, for the standard of the commentary was simply appalling. Still enough of that, because although we got closer than I thought we would get on the score board, we’re all disappointed again; disappointed but, if were honest, not completely surprised.
We love our club and the game, but whether it’s the state of the virus epidemic, whether its winter coming on, whether it’s the economic climate or whether it’s the continued frustrating of the attitude and form we see week in week out Hull FC I don’t know, but if the rest of the supporter base is anything like me, then you’ll all be losing interest in a season that doesn’t seem the real deal at all.
After that win against Cas. my enthusiasm started to flicker back, but I felt deflated after our game with Wigan, because although the spirit was there, we dropped back into bad habits and never gave ourselves a chance. I guess us all needing a lift, but ending up going out of the cup, was something that left me pretty fed up, but there was no time to dwell on things, because these days, games come around very quickly.
Against Salford it was a case of the ‘same old’ again. We gave it a go, of course we did, we usually do these days, and I guess had a couple of passes not gone to ground, we might have won. We got in front but the hard truth is, we let the Red Devils back into it and once they were on top, they took charge and easily held out to win. Structure wise, defence wise, mistake wise and just simply nous wise, we were second best for long periods of the game. For me, it’s not about lack of training or Covid, or indeed anything like that, because we simply don’t have the structure of other teams, at times we‘re all over the place, from some our attitude is wrong and we just make too many mistakes.
Being a fan is very subjective and so it’s rare a Coach can encapsulate in one comment what everyone else is thinking. However, Andy Last said after the game, “I am fed up of hearing how good we are on paper, because on paper is not where you win games, it is on the green stuff where they are won. We have got to get more of these players filling this ‘so called’ potential week in, week out.” He went on to say that Gareth Ellis had played over 400 games and Danny Houghton over 300 and always given their all in every one, implying that wasn’t the case with most of the rest of our lot. Vis a Vis; too many players believe their own publicity.
For a coach that was scathing, but it was honest and animates something that has been steadily growing for two years and mirrors what we have all been saying for ages!!