The eve of the season

Friday, 6 August 2010

City's second League One campaign is nearly here and it's becoming increasingly hard not to squeal in excitement like a small child on Christmas Day. Obviously we don't do this because WE ARE MEN. But you get the idea.

And it's a strange eve of the season because for once City fans are both optimistic and hoping for a quiet season. It's been about eight years since we weren't involved in a promotion or relegation battle so going into the final month with not much to play for would be a welcome novelty.

Yes, it would be nice to be challenging for the playoffs, as some of our more optimistic fans think we might do. I'm not one of them, and I won't be calling for Paul Tisdale's head if we don't.

Nor will I be shouting for him to be sacked if we're pulled into a relegation battle. We're still a relatively small club in this division and, for all the great signings, there's still a possibility that it'll be another fight for survival.

But I don't think that will happen, unless skipper Matt Taylor gets sold or injures himself badly. We've got a decent defence but it's very much dependent on Taylor and Richard Duffy staying fit. Scot Bennett and Jack Furzer are good young prospects but may find themselves playing a bit more regularly than planned. Centre-half is the only place I'd like us to add one more player.

Other than that, our attack and midfield look miles better than last season. We have wingers in Jake Thomson, young Chris Shephard, and, at a push, Scott Goldbourne. David Noble seems a class above in midfield, while Nardiello and O'Flynn look to have plenty of goals in them. The jury's still out on 87-year-old Jamie Cureton, but I'm willing to give him a chance, and Tisdale clearly thinks he's important enough to sign.

Just reading that list of players back is cause for optimism. A comfortable 12th - 15th is probably around where I'd expect and hope us to finish.

So, Colchester tomorrow at the Park. Excited? You bet I am. YOU REDS.


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