|Tickle Tackle - Comfortably Numb|
Tue 22nd Apr 2008 19:19 by Steve Tickle
The business end of the season has passed the Rams by this time round.
As the promotion and relegation battles hot up throughout the league, they all seem a bit irrelevant.
With nothing left to play for except pride (and even that seems to be a struggle sometimes), the remainder of this season has become something of an irrelevance. I met the 0-6 defeat to Villa with something of a shrug... the same with Saturday's loss at West Ham to some extent.
That's not to say I don't care. I do care... deeply. It always hurts to lose, no matter who to, by how much and in what competition. It's just seemed for a long while that there's been nothing to look forward to. Even a point from the next game (whoever that might be against) has all too often seemed like a bridge too far and has proved to be so.
As each game comes along, I just expect another loss and unfortunately, all too often that's exactly what we get. Like most Rams fans I dare say, this season can't end soon enough.
I'm really looking forward to next season though. Strangely enough, last season seemed to go on for too long and although it ended with triumph at Wembley, I was really looking forward to a break from football and to do the things you do in summer. It seemed like an age from the last day of the season proper until that day at Wembley and anyway... isn't 46 games enough to establish whether a team should be promoted or not?
Odd then, that after such a successful season last season that I was ready for a break from football, while after such an abysmal campaign as the present one, I'm looking forward to the next one.
I'm not sure I can really explain why. Maybe I've been hooked by Paul Jewell's tantalising titbits about new signings. Maybe it's just that there's such a big job needed to rebuild the Rams squad that I really can't wait for us to get started. Maybe I'm in a hurry to find out in which direction the squad is going to develop.
Maybe it's because I'm genuinely hopeful we'll really compete next season, even though this squad is going to need the equivalent of open heart surgery.
The sooner Paul Jewell can start to wield his scalpel the better.
© Steve Tickle 2008
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