It had been 97 days since a football had been kicked and in that time there had been a lot of comings and goings from my club.
Despite the fact we have added eight new players, we haven’t spent much at all; everyone likes a ‘freebie’ and we’ve taken our fair share.
When I woke up on Saturday morning I had the same sort of feeling I used to get as a kid on Christmas morning; little did I know I was going to get the worst present ever!
When I heard the team formation it was the first point that I felt we were doing something wrong; with respect to Swansea, I don’t see why we played one up front with five across the midfield. It was a concern, but I thought it might work; it failed miserably.
Remembering the great Alan MacDonald with a minute’s applause was emotional but well and truly deserved.
Now I’m not Robert Green’s biggest fan and I understand he was nervous on his debut; that is still no excuse for the first goal. Put in plain simple English, it was bloody awful.
The fact we went in at half time a goal down seemed to some fans a tad unfair; we were giving as good as we were getting. The main problem I saw was Cisse wasn’t even in the game.
As I walked around at half time I could hear conversations about the game and most fans thought we’d pull it round in the second half.
Now bear in mind that three of the back four played together a lot last season, beating the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool and Tottenham.
When the second goal went in the alarm bells really did start to go off and the reason why was the player’s body language; most heads had gone down.
The defence was all over the place and when the third and fourth goals went in it was almost as if they gave up.
Another strange decision was taking off Cisse; it was help he needed and not replacing.
Our worst opening day result since 1950 and yes it felt bad; but there is hope. Park looks a very good player as does Junior Hoillett; I’m sure with more game time the team will improve and I still say we’ll be in the top ten.
image: © Tom Cuppens