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Chris Jardine | 21:25 UK time, Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Well, I must admit that if you had told me after our defeat at home to Albion Rovers that we would be unbeaten in our next four fixtures, with two wins and two draws, I would have politely bitten your hand off!

I'm not sure I would have guessed the results the way they have panned out but I'm sure players, management and supporters would have gladly accepted eight points from a possible 12 after that awful performance on 17 February.

That being said, I don't think we are being too greedy in saying that it could, and most probably should, have been the maximum 12.

The only match that might have been a fair result was the midweek draw with Forfar but I felt that our second-half performance meant that we just edged our opponents.

We then move on to Saturday's disaster at home to Elgin. We seemed to be cruising to a convincing victory at 3-1 up early in the second half only to lose two terrible goals, the last of which was just about the last kick of the game.

Without doubt it felt like a defeat and the dressing room was a very unhappy place, let me tell you.

We once again felt the upset of our manager and quite rightly so, but what made it hit home even more for me was that I felt the real disappointment Harry Cairney and particularly Derek Townsley felt in us.

Sean O'ConnorAnnan have been boosted by the arrival of former Queen of the South star Sean O'Connor. Photograph: SNS
In my experiences with management teams, the manager and his assistant act in a kind of good cop, bad cop duo.

The manager normally keeps a little bit more of a distance from his players, whereas his assistant might be more approachable.

That's always an impression I've had of big Degsy and for the first time he looked and sounded as if he was let down by our performance in the latter stages of the game.

It's something I hope never to see again and I hope that we can make up for everyone's disappointment with this weekend's game at Forfar.

I'm struggling to make up my mind whether or not we're facing Forfar at a good time on Saturday. Before we faced them last midweek they were on a tremendous run and came off the back of a 4-0 win away at Berwick.

They haven't won in three games, including the draw at Galabank and a 4-0 defeat to East Stirling. They also lost out at home to Queen's Park on Tuesday night.

It's always a difficult place to go so Saturday will be no different and I'm sure the Forfar players will be keen to bounce back just like ourselves.

I've got a couple of taxi loads of friends and family coming through from South Queensferry so I'll be on at the players this week to make sure we put in a good performance in the hope of stretching our unbeaten run to five games.

We've still got our captain Kevin Neilson and David Cox suspended for the game but are hopeful that Sean O'Connor will still be around to step in to wee Coxy's boots.

I'm sure it was a big surprise to everyone at the game when they saw Sean lining up for us against Elgin and it was a wee bit of a surprise to the players as well.

The rumours around the players started after training on Thursday night but we thought it was a wind-up after reading in the press that the club had failed to sign Andrew Ferguson.

I'm not sure if that was a bit of a smoke screen from the chairman but he certainly did well to keep the news about Sean as quiet as he did.

No-one is really sure how long the big man will be with us but, whether it's just these two games or for the rest of the season, we're absolutely delighted to have him.

I read in the paper today that Queen of the South haven't ruled out re-signing him but fingers crossed our near neighbours suggest he is better off where he is for the time being.

I mentioned that we had a race night at the club after the Elgin game and the players who were there had a great night.

Although we've had better turn-outs for club functions, everyone who attended helped towards making a wee bit of money and yours truly even had a couple of winners.

Funniest part of the night was faithful supporter Terry McClelland performing his Michael Jackson routine and giving everyone a bit of Billie Jean.

That was quickly followed by a request for me to get up and join him for a rendition of Champagne Supernova.

Thankfully I managed to drag a couple of my team-mates up so I wasn't alone but I'm still praying that John McBeth's camera phone ran out of battery before we got up!


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  • Comment number 2.

    Oh dear oh dear, no more comments yet?

    Shame, the blog is quite good.

  • Comment number 3.

    I agree Craig it is a good blog. Something slightly puzzles me. I read blogs by other footballers, Jack Ross and Michael (The Sheffield Wed. guy) and I am sure they have all mentioned similar situations, be it losing a two goal advantage or hitting a bad run of form. None however seem to know *why* this happens. OK, I don't expect a definitive answer but some sort of opinion at least? It seems there is a problem with serving players writing blogs. On the plus side we get a better insight into the life of an "ordinary" player, the down side appears to be they are restrained in the nature of the comments they make.

  • Comment number 4.

    Thanks to Craig for keeping the comment numbers up!

    Rabster - all I can say in terms of why this happens is it could be down to us thinking that we had the 3 points in the bag and started taking things easy at 3-1 up. Our decision making was poor in certain areas of the pitch which led to mistakes which ultimately cost us a further 2 goals. You can also look at the other team and maybe they deserve a bit of credit. Teams can go 2 ways, they either let their heads go down and lose more goals or they go for broke and push extra men forward - Elgin went for the latter and put us under pressure towards the end of the game. Despite this we should have been more professional enough to see the game out.


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