Bittersweet Symphony. Website reaction.

Last updated : 19 April 2003 By Michael Morris
I've been thinking long and hard about the way I should write my thoughts on todays game.

I should be behind the team 100% as we enter the last three games of the season with promotion still a possibility. I should be making the most of Crewe losing and Bristol only drawing but after seeing what I saw today I can't ignore the shambles that was Ninian Park this afternoon.

Things looked good after 2 mins, Thorne smacked a shot from 30 yards against the crossbar. I was comforted that after my rant in midweek about us not shooting that we had taken note. Little did I expect that from the resultant goal kick we'd be a goal down.

No cover up, names need to be named, Chris Barker was at fault, a sloppy back pass allowed Colchester in and they scored. Barker you remember made a sloppy effort a Peterborough and they scored as well. Could it get any worse for Barker and City? Of course it could, Barker was caught in the second half on the touchline and his inability to clear allowed Colchester to score again.

In between goals City had about 80% possession. It mirrored Peterborough where we had the ball but could not create chances. What have they been upto in training? Cardiff had about 8 corners in quick succession and it took three different corner takers, Kav, Legg and Mahon and none of them put in a decent cross.

We are the biggest and most expensive squad in the division but we are not a team. One player was trying, Gareth Ainsworth wears his heart on his sleeve, he shows passion, it was the last straw for some City fans when Lennie took him off with nearly 30 mins to go. Lennie claims he had to change something but I'm afraid he lost me with that decision. Lennie was boo'ed and it prompted choruses of "We want Lennie out", if Lennie had half the passion that Ainsworth showed then we'd be in far better shape.

Colchester scored a corker of a third from 25 yards out and the City fans aplauded the U's and supported them for the rest of the game.

I don't know that the problem is. Why are we like we are. We can still get automatic promotion but we want our manager out. I am as bad, I was not very complimentary towards Lennie from the Bob Bank this afternoon. If he gets us promoted I will still feel my support is tarnished.

I will support my team 100%, I will be at Ashton Gate, at NP next week and at Gresty Rd. I hope we can go all the way but there needs to be a huge kick in the arse all round the place. Lennie is quick to blame his players but the buck stops with him.

As the game to a close Ali announced over the tannoy the Man of the Match. I rolled my eyes and thought don't do it, we've been through enough but I was heartened to hear that Gareth Ainsworth was voted, the player that Lennie took off. (I'm sorry I don't believe it was footballing reasons, there is a personal thing going on) The crowd produced the biggest cheer of the day as Ainswoirth did the Ayatollah.

Sam was said to have left with 20 mins to go, not happy with what he was seeing.

So we go to Ashton Gate. Three games to play, win them all we go up, lose them all and we could still miss the play offs.

Only 5 points seperate Crewe, Cardiff, Oldham, Bristol City and QPR. Who will go up? Your guess is as good as mine.