Friday, 18 December 2009
Yeah, I know. Posts on here go quiet when we lose. And that's something we've done well. From being unbeaten in six to not winning in four (FA Cup included), everything changed in the last five minutes of that FA Cup tie at Franchise FC. Since then we've not scored in just over 270 minutes of football, including narrow losses to Brighton, Brizzle Rovers and Oldham, who themselves were a bit shot shy.
Exeter are that kind of team that, just when you think they're going to be safe from relegation, haul themselves back into contention. Well, you wouldn't want it to be quiet supporting City would you.
So, we now have three games going into the festive period: Sarfend at home tomorrow before travelling to Southampton on Boxing Day, then back to the Park to welcome Gillingham two days later. And there's no reason why we can't take six points from nine here, a haul that would do very nicely thanks, Santa Tis, and would put us back into mid-table.
Let's forget about the Saints game. They're in great form and would be in the playoff places if it weren't for the ten point deduction. Anything, even a point, would be a great result there. But Southend and Gillingham are very winnable.
The Shrimpers are mid-table (just above Southampton, in fact) and are decent but are poor travellers. The Gills are even worse on the road, without an away win all season.
As for who we'll play, God alone knows. We have a somewhat settled side of late, but Tis is never adverse to throwing in a few surprises. Whoever it is, we'll need to show more cutting edge up front than we have of late.
In other City-related news, we have a new chairman. The search for a new man for the job has gone on longer than a Clarkson diatribe, so let's hope that former Devon County Council Deputy Chief Executive Edward Chorlton is the man for the job.
I know I've met Chorlton before, but I can't for the life of me think where. No matter. He may not be a big name, but I'd rather we had a safe pair of hands than a whizz-bang new broom at this stage.
Part of me also wonders if this appointment was done with one eye on St. James' Park and redevelopment or a new stadium. It'd certainly help to have a person who knows local government well to hand for this.
The Trust have generally done a pretty good job with the people at the top, so we'll see how this one goes. If he carries on the current path they've taken, that'll probably be fine for us.