After the Preston draw, Dave Jones came out very strongly against adverse criticism of the Bluebirds' recent performances and of suggestions of unrest in the team, describing certain comments as being unfair and de-stabilising.
To support his argument, Jones argued that although supporters are of course perfectly entitled to criticise the team, he suggested such critics should simply look at the team's current league position and judge the team on that basis.
To a degree Jones is right. Yes, the team is still in the automatic promotion position - just. The weakness, however, in using that line of defence is in assuming that looking at a team's league position is THE accurate yardstick by which a team should be judged.
A far truer and better way to judge a team in my view is to look at ‘trends’, and undeniably the Bluebirds’ recent trend has been poor - the team picking up only four points during November out of a possible 15.
On that basis supporters have every right to express true concerns.
Yes adverse comments can be upsetting for players, but ultimately it is good performances and winning ways that are the only effective ways to silence critics.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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