I don’t know about anybody else but it sure felt worse than just a 2-1 loss and though we’re now only three points adrift from St. Mirren it feels like miles. I guess what I’m trying to say is that while County’s chances of remaining in the Scottish Premiership for a fourth consecutive season may not be mathematically over, it sure feels like it.
Yes, there are number of injured players who will be returning to action over the next few weeks (and months), and yes, Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds are still looking to bring in a few new players before the end of the January transfer window, but honestly, does it feel like either of these things is going to be enough to change the fortunes of our club in 2014-2015?
Not only are there too many holes to fill- center back, right back, a reliable goal scorer, a game-changing goalkeeper to name only a few- but it feels like the ship may have taken on too much water for it to matter even if all of these needs were met. It’s January in the Highlands and we’re in last place (and falling) in a mediocre league- who’s going to come pounding our door with an offer to save us?
Don’t get me wrong, I am still 100% behind this club. I will still be there to cheer on the side in March and I will continue to hope for the best (to hope for the footballing equivalent of a miracle, even), I will continue to support the club if we’re back in the
First Division Championship next season and facing diddy sides like Alloa and Rangers week in and week out. What I’m trying to say is this:
The numbers don’t lie.
As things stand right now we need to make up four points on St. Mirren (though we do have a match in hand over them) just to avoid automatic relegation and seven points on Motherwell to reach outright safety. With almost half of the season still to play those numbers might not seem that daunting, but consider this: Having played just over half the season we only have eleven points total.