For the games I cannot attend I do draw my conclusions from the majority of the other fans views, this is an open forum after all. If the majority suggest we were crap, then I come to the conclusion that we were crap. If the majority come to the conclusion that a player or two had off days, I believe they had off days. There are Canvey fans watching the game from at least three sides of the ground during all matches and if they all tend to agree on the same thing, then it's blatantly obvious that it must have happened. 500+ people can't all be liars.
As for picking on Mario - Far from it, I like Mario, I enjoy watching him play, I thought he was brilliant against Grays, but then who wasn't? I was just putting forward the question, since when has Mario been a left-sided player? I've never seen him play on the left? He played on the left and Jon Keeling played on the right against Accrington did they? Well there must've been a good reason for that which I'm sure the Management felt there was to play Mario on that side a head of three naturally left-sided players again today. Otherwise, what would they have thought they were playing at? This is football after all, everyone knows where each player can or can't play....don't they? Everyone on here seems to think they do, so I'm damn well sure Jeff, Glenn and Brian do too.
Also, referring back to my conclusions. I do tend to conclude on past experience what might've happened. I've seen so many Canvey games over the years that some do tend to blend with others. But when I read on this forum what has happened during the game, I reflect on similar games as to where I've read and seen with my own eyes the same things happen over and over...
The likes of Lowestoft, Slough, Bishop's Stortford, Burnham, Salisbury. Do not insult my intelligence by telling me these were just Canvey 'off-days'. After all of those games, we've come on here as fans of our club to put forward our views of what went wrong, and of those games did we admit that the opposition deserved it because they outclassed us in every position on the pitch, had our tactics and key players sussed and generally didn't give us a chance to play any football? Hardly!
This is the 11th season I've been following Canvey, since I was 9 years old and I can still remember my first match, we lost to Collier Row, (before they merged with Romford) but I was thrilled at seeing that game in person and the result never put me off becoming a regular, home and away.
Now although I cannot get to every game by being out of the County, every Saturday I wait in anticipation and baited breath for 3pm when I have Fans Focus, ConfGuide, Sky Sports, BBC and the opposition forum open on my computer screen ready to hear the lastest from a Canvey match. I could easily give that all up to go and follow a local Non-League team here. The likes of Aylesbury, Chesham and even Burnham are just short trips away. Hell, I could even accuse myself of being a glory hunter and watch Wycombe Wanderers flying high at the top of League Two....But I don't, for the simple reason being I love Canvey Island Football Club.
Now after that personal outpour, a bit of constructive criticism...I'm very disappointed we got knocked out, not so much to the fact it was a team lower in the pyramid than us, but much to the fact that we don't really have anything realistic to play for this season.
We're out of the FA Cup, FA Trophy and ESC. I think the Playoffs are a bit too beyond us and if we managed to earn an LDV spot I think the general perception is we wouldn't be allowed to enter due to the ground not meeting the criteria. We could've done with the money too, 5000 today would've been nice, plus the future incentives for progressing through each round.
I'll post my other thoughts with regards to attracting supporters and our new signing in their relevant threads.