It's All Down To This... | TBV Bulletin 08

posted 3 May 2019, 06:40 by Dan McEvoy

From now until the end of the season, each week a member of TBV will be posting their thoughts and comments from the games in the previous weeks, and previewing the week's games ahead for our team. This week's bulletin is the penultimate one of the 2018/19, and it reviews a fantastic atmosphere at our final away game, as well as previewing the biggest, most decisive game in recent memory. As always, please remember that all of the views and opinions included in this bulletin are the opinions of individuals involved with TBV, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the club. 

First of all, please forgive me for this week's bulletin being considerably shorter than usual, but with so much on the line on Saturday, we didn't want to dwell too much on the past, and wanted to get straight to the point this week.

Last Saturday was bitterly, bitterly disappointing, to the point where I nearly didn't write the bulletin this week, but after some reflection, there are some positives to take. The support from the 1,100+ supporters who travelled to Rochdale on Saturday was vocal and passionate as ever, results elsewhere went somewhat our way, meaning that most crucially, survival is STILL in our hands. Frustratingly, a result at Rochdale would've almost certainly left us almost virtually safe from relegation, however the team unfortunately couldn't get the job done. Whether it be a lack of effort on the pitch, wrong tactics/selection, or any other situation, it was simply inexcusable to have so little opportunities to get a shot away - 100% of shots that aren't taken, don't go in, and that was evident on Saturday against Rochdale.

But, that bitter disappointment that we, the fans and the players experienced on Saturday at Rochdale now needs to be refocused, and turned into motivation to right our wrongs. There is 90 minutes of our season left, and going into Saturday's game against Sunderland we still have EVERYTHING to play for. A win will see us survive, a draw will only see us survive if results around us go our way, a loss will see us relegated. This game is ridiculously important for us, and every single person in that ground, players, staff, and most importantly, the fans need to be on their top game for 90 mins. 

As fans, we need to be doing everything we can in the stands to get behind the team, and TBV will once again, be pulling out all the stops to get behind the team on Saturday. Please join us in backing them until the bitter end, there is so much on the line. The atmosphere vs Burton was electric, and the players responded in incredible fashion with a very hard fought, well earned victory, and on Saturday, we need a similar atmosphere once again. Final push, we need a positive result to stand any chance of survival, it's still in our hands and a win will see us survive. Let's show the team just how much we support them, and be the 12th man that we know we can be - the players need us more than ever before. 

Should any of the players be reading this bulletin, know that we are all behind you. It all comes down to this game; win, and we stay up... lose, and everything that you fought for over the past 45 league games, especially over the last few weeks, goes down the drain and to waste. This is arguably the toughest game of the season to date, but with grit, passion, and desire, anything is possible. The fans believe in you, and will continue to back you until that full time whistle goes. Roots Hall will be sold out on Saturday, and every single fan in that stadium will be behind you for the entirety, win, draw, or lose. Do yourselves, the club and the fans proud on Saturday, embrace the passion from the fans in the stands and do whatever it takes to get the win and secure our status in League One - this is the final time I'll say it this season, but arguably it's never meant more to us as supporters; get out there and make yourselves f***ing heroes.

We are Southend... UNITED.


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