Have a look at the Test match grounds, full to the brim at £75 per day and £5 for a pint and you start to realise why supporters (the clue really is in the title ) should be more restrained and accepting of our difficulties.
We are within touching distance of progressing in the Twenty20 against some huge teams. We absolutely smashed Leicestershire out of the park, in a game that I attended and thoroughly enjoyed - perhaps too much, as at £3.70 a pint I had 4 or 5 too many. Yet we question why we have rested Smit and Tahir, in a game we should on paper have no chance of winning in the championship. In my opinion we should have rested a few more - Madsen, Wilson and Viljoen - and given youth a chance, in a competition where we are not going to finish above 7th.
I said earlier in the season that we shouldn't really be able to compete against Nottinghamshire. They hoover up all the talent, Footitt being another prime example. Let other counties do all the work in developing a bowler of promise who has lacked opportunity, then take him back once that process is finished. What hope do we have?
Our best bowlers have been injured for most of the season, one of our best players has found himself in difficulties off the pitch and others have found that they are perhaps short of the required standard.
Hosein gets a gig, is out first ball and all of a sudden is rubbish, in the eyes of some at the ground the other day. Why is that?
I firmly believe that in my lifetime counties will go to the wall. There will be six or seven Test match ground teams and that's it. And we will have contributed to our own downfall by hopeless negativity.
We currently have a handful of players who I would imagine would get a game at most second division clubs. Godleman, Madsen, Wilson, Smit, a fit Davis and an equally fit Viljoen, perhaps Hughes and the young spinner Qadri. The challenge is to supplement these with two or three others and we will compete, perhaps across the board.
Until then, buckle up and enjoy the ride. Stop thinking that we know better than paid professionals, or that there's a conspiracy theory around every corner when the club doesn't tell us what Tahir had for breakfast.
Take the defeats, but my word celebrate like we've won the World Cup when we win and above all else support, support, support.
Rob in Essex