It's been a brutal stretch for Riverhounds supporters. We've taken just 4 of a possible 21 points from our past seven games and slipped into a last place tie with the lowly Bermuda pigs. Frustration and bewilderment oozed from the boys after our latest defeat at Harrisburg Citah. Again we struggled to generate offense with only two serious threats on goal; a missed Jerome header in the first half and a semi-dangerous ball crossed by Hughes in the final minutes. Sure, we've been playing solid defense but isn't that the point of a 4-5-1 formation? Even the lone forward is spending most of the game in his own half playing defense. I had a chance to "talk" to a few Islander players later that evening at a local pub where they admitted that even know it was a 1-nil score they never doubted the outcome. They questioned our tactics and wondered why a certain players didn't push forward. I shouldn't have been too surprised, but to hear these things from our rivals just floored me. I bid those guys good luck, shook the gaffer's hand on a job well done and went on my way.
These past seven games have placed us directly behind the eight-ball. We've got five in a row at the Valley, starting with a Friday/Sunday double vs. Western Ass this weekend. Anything other than two wins will end our playoff hopes and pretty much put an end to the 2009 season. A six point weekend will put us in a position to contend for that final spot based on some other results.
In closing, it's now or never. Please, gaffer, UNLEASH THE HOUNDS !!!