As usual, I am looking forward to Birmingham City’s game at Reading with a mixture of hope and trepidation. The rollercoaster mixture of joys and sorrows that my team deliver has made that a lifelong habit and it would take more than one win to change it. But the win against Leeds did boost the hope. The players battled and looked like they wanted to win. The crowd supported them throughout. The flat, defeatist atmosphere at the Norwich game was replaced by a feeling that players and fans were united in their desire for a win.
In my last post, I wrote that fans had “given up at times this season”. We didn’t give up on Saturday as we watched the players put in one of the best performances of the season. It felt good to be there. It’s not going to be like that for all games. There will be some lousy performances from the team and the crowd will be sullen at times. But let’s try to remember how good it feels when the players and the fans are on the same side. We can’t make the players play well when they are having an off day, but I think we stand a better chance of helping them to play better when we support them. Booing players and shouting insults while they are playing is unlikely to improve their performance. They are human beings and the huge salaries they get don’t make them immune to discouragement.