wanderlust wrote:I watched the Wembley game back on telly last night and had to listen to the guff the commentators were saying about how the win could boost our promotion push. In my experience the opposite happens more.
Our league form slumped after our semifinal win at Accy and there is history of teams winning the cup and then slumping in the league so Evatt is going to have to be at his managerial best from here on in.
For example, last season Rotherham nearly threw away their promotion spot winning only 3 of their last seven after the cup final - while Sutton who they beat at Wembley went on a fantastic run and almost reached the playoffs.
Previous year, Sunderland were in the automatic places when they won the PJT. After Wembley they slumped and ended up losing in the playoffs.
Sports psychology is a complex business and Evatt is going to have his work cut out to make damn sure we don't have another cup hangover. That said, I reckon he's smart enough to recognise the danger and stamp out any ego or complacency.
I believe there are a number of other factors to consider as to how teams perform after a cup final win, whilst still needing to play games for promotion/playoff place, such as loss of players to suspensions and injury's, player fatigue in terms of recovery from games and number and frequency of games to come and depth and quality of squad to replace key players who get injured, suspended, fatigued, etc.
Also you have to consider what is at stake for the opposing teams in terms are they needing points for promotion or to avoid relegation. Surprising how often teams who have been crap all season, start winning games, when they have to 'go for it' as draws and defeats won't save them.
Personally I think the squad became weaker after the January window when we lost Dappo, Sadlier and Aimson, I'm not convinced yet at Adeboyejo, Williams and Mbete who were roughly straight swaps made us any better but on the plus side it looks as though John is now in from the cold and Johnston and Thomason back from injury.
I believe we will be in the playoff positions come the end of the season but I'm not convinced we are the third best team in our league this season.
Just need a little luck once we manage to get to the playoffs though!