Pride Can Carry Us Through At Fulham !
Monday, 19th Nov 2018 10:06
Saints travel to Craven Cottage needing to find that missing spark, if it is not coming from the manager can they find it in themselves !
Charlie Austin's rant after the draw against Watford gave us hope for the future in that it showed that the players or at least some of them do have pride in what they do, that it it is a little bit more than just a massive wage at the end of the week.
Over the past decade Premier League players have become detached from the very people who pay their wages and that is the supporters, whilst it is true that the big TV money enables clubs to pay silly money and indeed players agents to ask for it in the first place, the underlying fact is that the Premier League would not be able to sell that product without the passion and input from the fans.
Germany aside most European Leagues do not see packed stadiums every week and many are multi purpose meaning the crowd is even more removed from the game.
The Premier League's selling point is it is a vibrant league with passionate supporters, or at least that is how the countries buying the TV rights see it.
The reality is starting to become different, the fans are becoming disillusioned and walking away from the game, their place is being taken at the big clubs by tourists and although this is profitable in the short term it might not be so sustainable long term, the atmosphere will dilute and more and more the atmosphere will be replaced by the flashing of camera phones.
On Saturday we go to Fulham and it is hard to see how we will win unless something changes, Charlie Austin with his rant gave us hope that it can, he showed that for him at least when he crosses the white line to go on the pitch it is not his bank balance he is thinking about, but the professional pride in his team winning and he playing a part in that.
If we can see a bit more than at Fulham on Saturday then there is hope yet, but pride needs to be right down the line, the saddest thing at the moment is that so many so called Saints fans seem to revel in taking a cheap shot at the team on social media, that has to stop if we are to survive, all the jokes have been done, we have heard it all before, if we as supporters want the players to have pride then how can we ask them to do that if we seemingly have no pride in the team or club ourselves.
This is not happy clapping or pretending everything is all right, it is about being positive and trying to firstly get the job done and then looking at the issues.
Over 3,000 will officially travel up to Fulham on Saturday and there will be many more in the "neutral" area at Craven Cottage, indeed if you are quick there are still about 50 still on sale in this area.
The away support this season has been magnificent and i'm sure it will be at Craven Cottage, the roof and accoustics in the away end make it ideal to create an atmosphere and spur the team on and that is what is needed.
Pride starts with the supporters and hopefully that will help transform the players, the likes of Charlie Austin and Shane Long have been much maligned by some, but they have played with a pride that has been lacking in their team mates at times.
Back in the 1990's we had poor runs that were just as bad as the ones that we are on now, what carried us through was at the end of the season the players themselves stepped up to the plate and found that professional pride needed to win a few games at the end of the season and see s safe, they were spurred on by the crowd who seemed to sense when they had to step up a gear as well.
So this is a crucial game it is one we really have to win and it is one that we can win if both the supporters and the players, especially the players find that pride that we saw in Charlie Austin, the fans need to make it a virtual home game from the start and get behind and stay behind the team, hopefully then the players will respond.
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