On a losing streak , having a bad run , in a slump or going through a rough trot are all terminologies to describe a Football team who are not winning games . Most football teams the world over go through these bad periods , – players lie in bed awake at night wondering what’s gone wrong , why is the team losing , why is everyone criticizing me and lastly when are we going to win a game .
From my experience one of two things normally occur which determines how long the slump will last which are ,
: Infighting & finger pointing occurs within the team which leads to disharmony and a lack of trust. Once this happens the cancer within the team has been formed as little clicks form leading to rumours & innuendo . From here we get poor team spirit which therefore prolongs the losing streak leading to an unsuccessful Football team .
: The team stays together as a tight knit unit . Responsibility for poor results is accepted within the whole team and everyone within the group makes a pact to work harder & smarter for the well being off the team . Individual glory is no longer important , only the team matters . Suddenly the team becomes a family and you ignore all negative outside elements , working side by side in the trenches which leads to great team spirit and a bond that cant be beaten .
Then suddenly you win a Football game , confidence oozes its way into the group and individually the players become much more positive . At last you have a good nights sleep and you look forward to training the next day . Finally you can walk around town with your head held high and all because you won a Football game – ISNT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL FUNNY LIKE THAT!
From what I witnessed last night the Sabah Hawks have decided to stick together and team spirit is their in abundance . Down 1-0 at half time we did’nt panic and continued to push for the equalizer. Our lads kept believing and were finally rewarded with two great second half goals and a well deserved victory .
NOW FOR PERLIS ON TUESDAY NIGHT – GO THE HAWKS .
WHAT IS SUCCESS
I read a fascinating article featuring Arsene Wenger last week . Ive always admired the Professor and believe he has done a wonderful job at Arsenal over the last decade .
Wenger discussed how the public are not educated on what success mean’s for different clubs in the English Premier League . He stated that success is completed different for all clubs as teams have different financial constraints and are at different stage in their development as a team .
For example , success for Manchester United this year will be winning the League and failure would be coming 2nd . And what of Chelsea , there performance in the League this year has to be considered a failure and yet all that will be forgotten if they win the Champions League .
And then we have other teams such as Wolves , Wigan , Blackpool , WBA & Birmingham . For them success simply means avoiding relegation and staying in the EPL .
Wenger went on to state that a problem with determining success or failure for a team is often the chairman or management off a club “ whose ambition often outweighs the talent at the club which leads to unrealistic targets”
Which leads me to the following question – “ what will be considered success for our Sabah Hawks this year ?“ . In my opinion avoiding relegation and a mid table position would be a successful season considering we are in our 1st season back in the Super League after 5 years in 2nd Division .
But hey , that’s just my opinion – I am sure many would disagree . That’s the beauty off Football , everyone is entitled to their opinion .