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Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

By Ian Morris

 

I was going through last weekend’s Agape Cup updates on VOXSPORTS.NET, our media partner. I could not help but being irked when I read the headlines. “HP displays championship form with victory over Team GAL”, it read. “HP displayed their championship credentials with a fluid 3-1 win over Team GAL. With their unique 3-3-4 formation, they once again managed to lock out the opposing team’s players and their space on the ball”, it went on to say. The league table did little to pacify my already wounded ego. HP in first place and HFC dropped to second. Little things like the arrow indicating the movement of the league position irritated me. The fact that HP has no yellow cards and we have one did not do me good either.

 

I kept telling myself that I was over re-acting and that it was still very early in the season. Those reasoning did not seem to make me feel any better. Was I being too ambitious? Was I putting unnecessary pressure on myself and my team? I was trying very hard not to recall one particular football quote that I have lived by. The more I pretended not to remember, the better my memory recalled Bill Shankly and his very famous quote. “If you are first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.”

 

Yes, it is still very early in the season. Yes, I was over-reacting, or was I? The matter of the fact is after two games each, HP is first and we second. They have played two and won both where else we have played two, won one and drawn one. That is a fact. There is a tenancy to procrastinate results whereby we tell ourselves that it was just a blip; we’ll get it right the next time around. Before you know it, we are half way through the season and fighting to fulfil our goals. Look what is happening to Liverpool. They have procrastinated results and they are looking good only for sixth or seventh spot come end of the season. The last thing I would want is to finish the league campaign where we depend on others and not ourselves on where we finish. Our goal at the start of the season was to end the league on top and go all the way to be Champions. It is a goal I have not been too diplomatically polite about. That’s first and not second. First and not nearly first. Top of the table and not could have or should have. It would be not enough for ‘if only’ come August when we look back at a season past and say, “Next year”. It’s this year! Next year will take care of itself!

 

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.” So said Shankly. We are certainly not going to be on the floor. It’s the top we want. Mediocrity follows reasons and excuses. So as I lay out the points, I do not think I am over re-acting. Nothing will do but a win from now on. A draw is good as a defeat. A defeat is unthinkable.

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