The knives are already out! A smattering of St Helens’ fans have wasted no time in calling for heads to roll following Friday night’s 24-16 defeat at Leigh with head coach Keiron Cunningham the prime target on social media outlets.
It was Saints first defeat against their neighbours since January 23, 1994 when the Centurions, then playing at Hilton Park, won a Stones Bitter Championship clash and some supporters are far from happy.
Ian Foster said: “A new season but the same old rubbish.”
Sam L-jay Evans observed: “I have watched us all my life and I just feel the squad is very average. Too many journeymen.”
And Robert Bethell insisted: “Keiron inherited a league-winning side which has steadily gone backwards through a combination of terrible recruitment, lack of ability and motivation and a total pig-headed approach by sticking to a game plan which is clearly not working.”
But a more realistic and sensible view came from Teddylyf who said: “I wanted KC to go last year but I’m not about to start turning on him after two matches this season, especially as one was a solid win.
“Saints have lost away games at bottom half sides early in the season for as long as I can remember.
“It’s not ideal, but we’ve done it plenty of times before under different coaches.”
He added: “You need to put everything into context. Warrington have lost both matches, including a hammering by Cas.
“Leeds have also lost to us and just about achieved two wins against Leigh and Salford. Huddersfield were beaten at home by the Red Devils, while Hull FC lost at the KCOM Stadium to Catalans Dragon as well as just scraping past Wakefield.
“The only sides fully happy will be Wigan - narrow winners over Widnes on Friday night - Catalans Dragons who imploded after a similar start last season and Cas.
“Daryl Powell’s boys have played some brilliant rugby but have conceded more points than us while doing it and their defence is still a major concern.”
No hysteria or silly over-the-top remarks from Teddylyf and a constructive view which to some extent I also share .
It goes without saying that clubs like Saints, Wigan and Leeds, where expectations are naturally higher than the rest due to past glories and have been spoiled by past successes, don’t have a divine right to pick up silverware in what is developing into a more competitive Super League.
Never-the-less there is no one more committed than Cunningham and his current group of players to deliver the goods big style to the Totally Wicked Stadium this season and at the same time silencing a small minority of knockers.