Like a labouring Canary in rehab

PUBLISHED: 19:30 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 10 September 2010

The Man In The Stands

When will we get a break? I mean, haven't we had enough of these TV embarrassments?

Unlike most loanees that we've been flooded with, The Man felt a sharp pang of sympathy for Fraser Forster after he slept-goal-kicked to the most over-hyped player in League One.

When will we get a break? I mean, haven't we had enough of these TV embarrassments?

Unlike most loanees that we've been flooded with, The Man felt a sharp pang of sympathy for Fraser Forster after he slept-goal-kicked to the most over-hyped player in League One.

A draw would've been a travesty in so many ways - because Monday was our rehabilitation.

The football we played, even at this god forsaken level, was stunning.

Rusty, Horse, Wes and Hughes - no, not the unlikely name of a country and western band - ran the Elland Road show.

It's was Norwich City, old school. I know, third division and all. But The Man is just blocking that out now.

There was so much to be had from how we played - enough to persuade the watching minions there might be more to us that Ewe-gate.

But we lost. A prime opportunity to smash dirty Leeds and, in the end, we blew it.

It was a big sickener - especially as the Leeds fans have somehow clung on to the oblivious arrogance that banished them to football hell in the first place.

This is the weekend we discover whether this rival is more Roedent than Worthy.

The Man's not worried. Let's just concentrate on overtaking Smarmy Parky and Co.

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It's early days but Lambo seems the real deal - so time for a home truth.

For a young manager, he knows what he's doing most of the time - minus a sub or two on Monday - he can manage his players and knows how to win games.

It's all a worry.

The joy of football is when things are bad you want to bring anyone else in.

And when it's good - you fear losing the people who make the difference.

Lambo will look after number one. That's what past form suggests. He's a boss on the move, upwards.

Hopefully we'll get the benefit of at least one promotion before he pegs it to a higher, smaller and almost certainly richer club in search of 'more'.

The good thing? Roedent left teams for relegation. Lambo seems to leave them much better off.

And given fans at Wycombe and the Ewes, maybe we'll be the first not to boo him on a return.

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Back to Forster. While we were all hammering the seats and walls around us in anger, the young lad looked distraught.

He'd have happily taken the sort of pitch shrapnel normally saved by Arsenal fans for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Worth remembering Gunny and Greeno - both top rate keepers who committed their fair share of howlers in yellow.

And at least one was better for it.

His confidence will be shot - but you can't drop him now.

If your back has stopped playing up Fraser, get straight back on that horse. Not literally, obviously. That would be awkward.

Forster has proven he can stop a ball when it's on target, so deserves a second chance.

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The Man suspected it, and it's been proven.

The revelation of Korey Smith.

Assured performances at the back.

A defined and classy role for Wes.

A cohesive unit.

They're your players Gunny, but it's not your team.

And no, we wouldn't be sixth if you were still here.

Time to let it go and accept what happened.

Then we can remember all the good times, rather than the recent ones.

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