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For many months after the playoff final, I had the plastic rectangle thing, that we were supposed to hold up, on my cars rear parcel shelf. Not particularly deliberately tbh, just never got around to getting rid of it. Until in the aftermath of the Plymouth game last season I thought it wise to remove it to avoid the car getting vandalised (there was a weird "princess Di death aftermath" style fascistic hysteria down here for a couple of weeks after the game which IMHO played a large part in Plymouth's subsequent slide from virtual certain auto promotion). While it was up, 43pts from 27 games, play off form, since it came down 26 points from 25, relegation battle form. Now to be honest this has happened before, the club never really recovered from a trophy final flag that used to hang proudly in my garage being lost in a house move in the mid90s. History blames Alan Smith for the decline, but secretly I suspect my flag was to blame.
The good news is I found my plastic rectangle thing while chucking some stuff out last night and it has been restored to its place on the parcel shelf. I am confident that now good times will resume. Look its not some sort of miracle worker, almost certainly it will not deliver even a point at Pompey, but I am confident that its power coupled with a gradual return to action from the 6 first teamers currently long term injured will eventually result in results improving and some sort of mid tablish position being reached. Keep the faith.