I have always maintained that, whatever standard you happen to play your football at, the more you win the closer you are to defeat. Perhaps it’s because of complacency, over-confidence or maybe a misjudged expectation of victory created by the unfamiliarity of defeat.
Whatever the reason, poor performances, and the adverse results that frequently accompany them, like London buses, so very often turn up at least two at a time.
Sometimes you get a warning which helps put you back on track without doing any damage. Rather irritatingly we got – and failed to heed – precisely that when we took three points at Potton United recently that we probably didn’t deserve.
We should have addressed the situation following a slightly fortuitous victory and not as we are having to now, on the back of a last gasp home defeat to Oxhey Jets last weekend.
With five league games (three away, two home) to play in the next 12 days, we need to make sure we get the show very much back on the road if we are to return to winning ways.
And I can’t think of anyone better placed to get us back on track than Emilio Millán who has been a revelation since taking the reins as head coach from Jimmy Martin.
I know, better than many, the effort and commitment required to make the best possible life for yourself when you arrive in a foreign land with precious little money and limited proficiency in another language.
Emilio also knows that there are no shortcuts, no free lunches, and it’s about making sacrifices, compromises and much, much more about perspiration than it is inspiration.
His name was suggested to me by Marcos Alvarez, the former assistant to Juande Ramos at both Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid and, as a result, he was one of five different people I interviewed for the post.
Since he arrived in the UK, in addition to his work for us, he has also embraced the opportunity to work for Stevenage with our Elite Development Programme and is also helping out with the Academy.
He has worked tirelessly, and with great success, to improve his English, fully aware of the importance of communicating with all of his players in their mother tongue and because he realised immediately that life in another country when you understand what is being said is not just easier, it’s also better.
Despite being just 24-years-old, his hunger, desire and passion for football means that I never doubted for a second that he was the perfect fit for our club and everything we are trying to put in place here.
It is something he demonstrates on a regular basis both on and off the pitch which means I am more convinced than ever that both he and his staff along with a committed squad will help us get over this minor blip.
We start tomorrow (Sat KO: 3pm) with a trip to Colney Heath before we visit Arlesey Town on Tuesday night (KO: 7.45pm).
See you there,