I have finally lost patience with Wes Hoolahan
12:54 09 March 2016
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Usually after a defeat I am a very grumpy person, however, leaving the ground on Saturday, I thought I would have more emotions running through me than I did, especially with a six-hour coach journey in front of me. There was no annoyance, no disappointment, just a feeling of inevitability.
At the final whistle, the players’ reactions summed up how I felt in that moment, and although we lost, it helped to know that they were as despondent as the 2,000 fans who travelled to Wales to cheer them on.
By the time we had clapped the players off the field and made the short walk to the bus, I had resigned myself to the fact that there is a real probability that we will get relegated. I know it’s not over yet, and our plight is not as bad as Villa’s, but it is not looking good for us.
Big Sam has pulled off top flight survival before and it looks increasingly likely that Newcastle will sack McClaren and maybe a new manager will spur them on, but it’s not over yet.
We still have a chance, a slim chance yes, but a chance it is. Nine games to go and we have yet to play our relegation rivals at home, so I am not giving up all hope.
Although it was a huge blow to lose Brady and Naismith to injury during the game, there were some good performances on Saturday - Klose, Redmond and Bamford to name three. But what we need is every single one of the players to put in great performances until the end of the season. We have not got the luxury of being able to ‘carry’ anyone at this juncture.
At the risk of annoying any fellow fans, I have finally lost patience with Wes Hoolahan. I will preface this by saying he has been one of my favourite players over recent seasons. However, this season he often has been lacking that killer ball into the box.
I have lost count of the number of times he has got the ball and then either taken one touch too many before passing, or running around in circles until he loses the ball. How many times this season has someone been open and Wes has not seen them or has kept onto the ball for a little too long, giving the defence time to close in?
On Saturday we can go into the game with no expectations and maybe that’s what we need. When it looks like we don’t have a chance, then perhaps that’s when we can pull the proverbial ‘rabbit out of the hat’.
• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor