Crowd v performance
First time in the terrace for a little while today (I've been in the family stand for most of this season). I was really struck by the amount of negativity around me. People were miserable from pretty much minute 1. There was moaning about our players, whingeing about the style of football, complaining about Morecambe. Literally the first time McCleary touched the ball, someone said "Do something Garath, you did nothing on Tuesday". Meanwhile, there seemed to be little or no effort to praise players doing something well, shout much encouragement, or get a chant or two going. I barely saw anyone crack a smile. I get that everyone felt deflated by the end of the game, but from listening to people in the first half you'd have thought we were 0-3 down. It really felt as though people were coming expecting to be disappointed and frustrated today.
I've heard plenty of people suggest that there is something 'a bit off' about the team in recent months, but I'm wondering how much that's true (and why?) for the crowd too . It might just be a reaction to Tuesday night, the play-offs, a generally up-and-down season, etc., but it feels to me as though the mood around the stands has shifted. Gareth used to talk about the ball being sucked into the net at the terrace end, where we've scored so many crucial late goals - but it doesn't feel like that kind of atmosphere at the moment.
Or maybe I was just standing near the wrong people...