With a whirlwind of speculation about who will be the next manager at the Den, it’s time to look back at last year and say “was the season really that bad?”
Some fans were looking at a top half finish after a good end to the season before and that looked realistic at Christmas.
All I wanted out of this season was to stay up, and have a decent cup run. Well we got this, it’s just the way it happened that caused fans distress.
Around October time we was a high as 4th in the table and were unbeaten for 13 games, but as soon as Chris Wood left it all changed.
Let’s be honest, he was the main reason we was so high in the table. He was banging the goals in, and was the main threat. Whoever was brought in to replace him was vital.
It couldn’t have been any worse, a total of one league goal was scored from the 2013 striker signings which is woeful.
You could even see that KJ did not trust any of his own signings, playing 4-5-1 should not happen at home, yet we were seeing it frequently even when losing.
You just knew that if the other team scored first we wasn’t going to get anything out of the game, we could barely score one let alone two.
At least the cup run gave us something to cheer in the second half of the season, like a great last minute winner against Aston Villa, a great away day at Luton and then getting to Wembley again.
How many clubs with a 10K average say they’ve been to Wembley three times in five years?
Yes, on the day we was outclassed by the better Premier League team of Wigan, but I don’t mind getting beat by the winners.
Knowing our luck, if we were the away team that day we would’ve won, because the home form this year has been dire. Just under 50% of league games at home has ended in defeats.
Teams used to come the Den already on the back foot. It was a intimidating place to come to. Now, the Lions just seem to roll over.
But of course, there were high points. The highest point of the season was beating Blackburn in the FA Cup replay to get to the semi final.
Then going onto a derby against Charlton on a massive high, 3,000 ‘Wall behind them, and then beating them with such ease…
Overall I would say that it was a successful season, we would’ve took this back in last August. It’s just disappointing how the second half of the season seemed to fizzle out somewhat.
But even then we had a F.A Cup semi final…