I want promotion over pretty passing football and amazing skill

Russell Martin rues a missed chance against Wigan. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Russell Martin rues a missed chance against Wigan. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

When I got on the train to go home after the Cardiff match, I looked on my phone and there was a text message saying “looks like it was a good game”.

For those who only take a passing interest in the beautiful game, a 3-2 score line would indicate a good game. However, for those of us who sat through that 90-plus minutes of a brief bout of happiness (when the goals went in), a great deal of boredom, and then the sheer terror at the thought of throwing a good lead away in the closing seconds, it wasn’t such a good game.

In fact the most excitement came when the big screen turned to face the Barclay and showed replays of the goals – so far it’s the only signing from the summer that we have seen regularly.

A win however, is a win. It doesn’t matter how we get the three points, as long as we get them.

I am sure everyone will have watched more thrilling goalless draws than our wins against Cardiff and Wigan, but at the end of the day points are not awarded for the best passing or the best save.

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Although I would prefer to watch pretty passing football and amazing skill, what I want most is to get promoted and to be honest I don’t care how we play to get there as long as we get there.

So when people are complaining that we are playing Dorrans, Tettey and Howson together, not starting with Pritchard, or Canos not even being on the bench, as long as we are winning, I will be happy with whatever team Alex Neil decides to pick.

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The transfer window is long since closed and what is done is done. It’s time to get fully behind the team as it’s going to be a long season and there are going to be some tough games.

It is now time to put the fact that we didn’t sign a second striker and that certain players who we all think should have left the club are still here well and truly behind us.

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