MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Support is so appreciated
10:20am Saturday 24th November 2012 in Columnists
I WROTE last week about how important the fans are to us players and it’s even more vital that we stick together as a club when things aren’t going our way.
Last Saturday’s defeat to Hyde was another big disappointment in what has been a difficult few weeks for us.
But we’re still up there level on points at the top of the league so that goes to show that the other teams have had the same little wobble at one time or another.
The majority of our fans were magnificent and backed us to the end but all the players were disappointed to hear a few boos from a small section of the crowd after the final whistle last week.
I think it’s creeping into football a lot more with fans getting frustrated but I’ve never known a team get booed before when they’re top of the league!
I can understand it to a degree because the fans were probably expecting us to beat teams like Alfreton and Hyde, who are down the bottom of the league.
But anyone can beat anyone in this division. Alfreton beat Wrexham as well so we can’t take any result for granted.
We’ve got no divine right to beat anybody and we’ve got to get back to the drawing board and start putting some results together.
As I’ve said it was only a small section that booed and they paid their money and they’re entitled to boo if they want. It doesn’t bother me but we’d all get more out of it if they gave us their support.
I wish all the fans were behind us but it’s not always the case.
I know a few of the lads have also been disappointed by some comments online in the past few weeks as well.
I don’t take any notice of Twitter, Facebook or messageboards or whatever. I’m not on any of them because it’s pointless for me.
It’s easy to sit behind a keyboard or on your phone and slag someone off and it’s the way society is going.
People have told me there’s been good and bad stuff written about me but it doesn’t bother me. I stay off there and take no notice of what’s written.
We’re all in this together and we want the same things as the fans – we want to get this club back into the Football League. It’s not as if we weren’t trying last week. If someone’s not working hard, not tracking back, not chasing balls then you could understand booing but we haven’t got players like that.
We’re honest lads and maybe we’re ahead of schedule being top and maybe it’s set the bar of expectation too high.
It’s all about how we bounce back now. We need to put a few wins together and get back on top because we’ve definitely got a squad good enough.
We’ve proved that. It’s no fluke; we’re a third of the way through the season now and look where we are.
Nobody said it was going to be easy. Nobody’s going to give us the title.
But if we cut out the individual errors, which have cost us a lot, and we do on the training pitch what the manager works on we’ll get back on track.
Today’s match at Welling gives us a chance to take a break from the league and concentrate on the FA Trophy.
Everyone at the club has got a lot of good memories from last year in this competition and it would be good if we could have another good run in the tournament.
Obviously getting promotion is our main aim this season but we want to try to get back to Wembley as well if we can and hopefully go one better than last season.
But we know it won’t be an easy task against Welling, who are going well in the league below us.
We know from experience already this year that you can’t take games against lower league teams lightly. Yate showed that there is a lot of quality in non-league football and we’ll be fully prepared for a battle this afternoon. One person who won’t be with us is Jefferson Louis who has gone out on loan to Whitehawk in the Ryman Premier League.
We’ll miss Jeff because he’s a good presence around the team and on his day he can be a real handful but you’ve got to back the gaffer because he’s got nearly every decision right this season.
Hopefully he can come back to us with a few goals under his belt and his confidence restored.
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