Post match Parky.............steady on old boy !
Deep in the press room at the Valley London S.E. 7. ............ " Never hold your breath your and count to ten " says a sign behind a clearly piqued Parkinson.
" Bearing in mind that I've no money and we played a team that hasn't won away for ages and were due a win, a draw is a fantastic result " gushes our Phil. " The fans need to appreciate the courage of players like David Mooney. I knew that if I played him enough, sooner or later he'd score a goal. Those calling for Leon McKenzie to play should note he had little influence on the game today..........no shots on target. "
" We conceded our first goal to a great strike after Burcham's excellent play so impressed my team that they thought it would be rude to interfere and try to stop him.........all credit to the lads for that ! "
" I wish I had loads of money like Gillingham and Millwall to spend on players, that we haven't, is reflected in us only taking 3 points from a possilbe 12 against them. I'm not sure the fans realise that. "
Whilst I jest, the above isn't too far removed from the essence of what Parky was suggesting yesterday. I'd say he was, at best, ill-advised to make those comments. Most of us realise he has little money to make changes but to say he's pieced together a side from nothing isn't quite telling the truth.
He has a side containing several players that the vast majority of league one sides would love to have. In fact, a few championship sides wouldn't mind them either. So it's a bit disingenuous to imply he doesn't have good players, players of actual worth at his disposal. A number of them were bought for good money or signed on decent contracts albeit maybe not during his tenure.
Parky may not be able to bring in more funds and as a result different players, however, he can make the most of what he's got. That's something the likes of Millwall and Gillingham, for example, are proving able to do.
Playing players out of position is his decision. Not playing certain players is his decision. Not to take off your skipper, the only one having a really bad game yesterday and get Reid on with 25 minutes to go, is his decision. To keep playing Mooney despite having poor games is his decision.
Unlike Dowie and Pardew I have no real agnst with Parky. I appreciate what he's done and the limitations within which he is working. However, it ill behoves him to criticse the fans who have by and large given him and the team good support. The players were applauded onto the pitch before warm up and the game itself. I'm not sure they merited it after last week but they got it none the less.
I didn't boo the team yesterday ( never have and never will despite disagreeing with some selections and decisions ) and gave them support as and when. However, if some want to do that, then fine, that's their choice. I really expected to hear Parky say how disappointed he was that the team hadn't taken their chances and won the game, as they should have done.
I hope that in the cold light of day that Parky will realise his remarks weren't great and back track a little because the team seems fractious at the moment and he can't afford to alienate the fans.