Pre-season - It counts for nothing
It has become increasingly apparent that there is a growing amount of apprehension from a section of fans regarding pre-season, with a draw against Sutton and losses in Switzerland some are already preparing to hit the panic button, but why?
Ok, drawing against Isthmian division teams sounds quite worrying from the off, these are teams with players who are accountants and plumbers during the week.
Losing in Switzerland sounds less daunting, lets remember FC Thun were playing in top European competitions not long ago and FC Sochaux are a strong side who have done well in the French division over the last few years.
We looked ok against Barnet, a few mistakes but the team seemed solid enough, certainly no major reasons to start running round like a headless chicken or calling for a big money signing.
Though come to think about it, why are we worrying about pre-season anyway?
There are some fans that have criticised the results against Farnborough and Sutton, as if these results are some sort of inclination of how we will play during the season, which is definitely not the case.
If it was the case, then I would be running down to the bookies to place Sheffield United as favourites to go down, considering they lost 4-0 to Barnet last week.
And since when has pre-season ever been the decider of a clubs season? I`ve seen teams sail through pre-season with a 100% record and then have a relatively poor season campaign, and vice versa.
So to those who are getting anxious about results - just remember that these games are like playing football down the local park, there is always someone who is really crap at football who somehow scores a fantastic volley.
The only thing we should be worrying about with these pre-season friendlies is injuries, or travelling on the London underground during rush hour and being crushed by some overweight accountant, who just so happens to try and read the London Evening standard on a bloody train.