The people who really know their clubs give us the lowdown on the League Two season so far
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Season in one word Typical
How's it going? Accrington Stanley have never been a club that do things the easy way. This season is no different. Our first 12 games saw an accumulation of eight losses and zero wins. Frustration mounted as the Reds were evidently trying to play football the right way, but it was to no avail. Accrington fans have a stubborn refusal to become defeatist, but optimism never felt like such a chore. However, a new-found confidence resonated throughout the club after our first win against Bristol Rovers, which became a part of an eight game unbeaten run. So, our first half of the season has been a tale of two extremes; from the basement of the Football League to the top of the form table. Fans are very contented.
Who's been the star? Piero Mingoia. A player that personifies tenacity and grit and has a never-say-die attitude that has elevated him to the status of fan favourite. The man, formerly on loan from Watford, has brought a level of consistency and excitement that raises hope whenever he receives the ball. A hard working, wholehearted footballer that is proud to wear the shirt.
Biggest disappointment? The assumptions. I, admittedly, was one of the sceptics who questioned our ability to compete this season. James Beattie received gratuitous blame for our torrid start, but his tangible passion for the club and inability to lose faith in his squad has spearheaded our recent form. Beattie has not only silenced the doubters, he's gained the confidence of all attending the Store First Stadium.
All we want for Christmas ... Stanley fans would feel that their festive season was complete if they received the promise of Football League survival, a goal we look to achieve every season. I, on the other hand, would love to see a new club policy introduced to eradicate certain haircuts. Ponytails spring to mind. James Gray, this goes out to you. Failing that, a mid-table finish would suffice.
Season in one word Improving
How's it going? Solid mid-table, which is probably an overachievement given our meagre wage budget. That said performances have been a little unsteady, with occasionally impressive showings undermined by some equally shoddy ones. On the plus side most of the numerous summer signings have settled in and now look the part, but the squad is still very thin up front with us being almost completely reliant on loanees. Fortunately, one of those, Charlton's Michael Smith, has been exceptional. Worryingly it sounds like a loan extension won't be possible, leaving us a Hobson's choice of an out of favour Jack Midson or the unproven Charlie Sheringham. Over to Neal Ardley….
Who's been the star? Andy Frampton has excelled at centre-half. A title winner last season with Gillingham, he has added much needed experience and steel to a previously very porous backline. Unexpectedly, he's also scored four times, a great bonus given his previous goals came in 2009.
Biggest disappointment? George Francomb. Big things were expected after last year's accomplished loan spell from Norwich, but the season so far has been a whole lot of nothing. Nice beard though.
All we want for Christmas is … to return home. March sees Merton Council announcing a decision on our proposed move back to Plough Lane, which would be the best present ever. Hopes are high, especially as the sole rival bid is from Greyhound racing and no-one likes that any more do they?
Season in one word(ish) Déjà vu.
How's it going? Just like last season, the terraces were filled with an air of optimism at the start of the campaign and, just like last season, the air has turned cloudy and grey as we find ourselves flirting with the relegation zone at the halfway stage. Manager John Ward saved us from this predicament when he joined the club in 2012 but now that he's the one that's guided us there, it creates a sticky and worrying situation. A little run could see us climb a few places, which is all well and good to say but a little harder to do when you're as inconsistent as a chameleon...
Who's been the star? While Rovers fans were delighted when we acquired the services of John-Joe O'Toole in the summer, it's goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall who's been the shining star of our season. His split-second saves have kept us in many contests so far this year and even off the pitch, he will always take a moment to make a young Gashead smile by signing autographs, taking photos or giving away his gloves.
Biggest disappointment? Where to start? The season as a whole, the handful of games we've been ahead but ended up losing, the couple of players who have actually expressed a desire to leave the club? To pinpoint just one match in a fixture lost of more lows than highs would be Burton Albion away. The 1-0 defeat was just about bearable but the ill-discipline of the two players we had sent off was the bitter pill to swallow.
All we want for Christmas is … Sainsbury's. No, really. Permission to build a Sainsbury's at the current site of the Memorial Stadium means we can finally start work building our new stadium, the plans for which have been in the pipeline for years but keep getting tangled up in litigation and 'nimbyism'. Failing that, three points will do.
Season in one word Resilient
How's it going? Since promotion to the Football League in 2009, Albion have been notoriously leaky at the back. They were even guilty of shipping 65 last campaign, despite finishing fourth. Rocked by the monumental losses of star attackers Jacques Maghoma and Calvin Zola in pre-season, it was indisputable that tightening the defence was a necessity. And that they have. With eight clean sheets already bagged and only 21 goals conceded in their first 20 outings, this is certainly a more sturdy unit than that Brewers supporters have become accustomed to. However, it has come at an expense of goals and free-flowing football. Albion have been anything but pretty to watch this term and seem only capable of producing any kind of fluency in sporadic patches. That said, Albion sit in the play-offs, but it's tough to know whether to account that to Albion's efficiency or a poor standard in this season's League Two. A bit of both I'd imagine.
Who's been the star? Phil Edwards. A centre-half by trade who has been deployed at right back due to his versatility. Consistent, dependable and solid, the former Accrington player quietly goes about his business with minimal fuss, whilst producing 7/10 performances week after week. He deserves far more credit. Unsung hero.
Biggest disappointment? Our home form. Sides have generally incorporated extra measures into their game plan to prevent us from playing - understandable, when we had the best home form in the Football League last season. Regardless, performances and results haven't been up to scratch, though this has fortunately coincided with a drastic upturn in away form.
All we want for Christmas is ... A playmaker or winger who can rustle up a moment of magic. We've missed this dearly since Maghoma's departure. The Brewers' 18-year-old wonderkid, Matty Palmer, tries his utmost almost single-handedly to regenerate the attractive brand of football we crave, but he can't do it alone.
Luca Gallone @LucaMagician
Season in one word Depressing
How's it going? The much-vaunted takeover has given some stability behind the scenes but on-pitch performances under Kevin Blackwell then Ronnie Jepson simply weren't good enough. Hopefully new manager David Flitcroft can sort the wheat from the chaff in the squad and make some additions in January who will help us pull away from the trap door.
Who's been the star? Blackwell assembled a squad largely from scratch in the summer. Of his dozens of new signings, few have stood out more than Anton Forrester, though the signing of Danny Nardiello has excited.
Biggest disappointment? Blackwell had the chance to build a squad that could really challenge, based around his philosophies. He failed.
All we want for Christmas is ... To get away from the drop zone. One bad season and you're out of the league - and bigger clubs than Bury are still struggling to get back into it.
Season in one word Wasteful
How's it going? It has been a season riddled by inconsistency and missed opportunities. Every time we seem to be taking a step forward, along comes an individual mistake or a poor team display to set us right back again. We have been unable to string together consistent performances, or to maintain a good half for a full 90 minutes. To have squandered 16 points from winning positions tells its own story - and seven draws at home, five of them finishing 2-2 after we have led in four of them sums that up perfectly.
Who's been the star? Difficult one this. I am struggling to find one player who has stood head and shoulders above everyone else, as they have all done well in patches and poorly in others as a microcosm of the campaign so far. Manager Mark Yates' performance has also been patchy from a tactical and transfer market point of view.
Biggest disappointment? Some of the goals we have given away, and the fact that we have failed to be consistent in a division where a decent run of form would catapult you right into the mix as no one seems to want to run away with it. I have seen no outstanding sides so far and that makes the in-out nature of our performances all the more frustrating.
All we want for Christmas is ... Two good performances back to back, and some signs that our players will start playing to the potential we think they have got. We keep being told we have a great squad on paper and we need to start seeing it transferred to the pitch on a more consistent basis or we can write this season off and look forward to finishing in 14th place.
Mark Halliwell @MarkHalliwell1
Season in one word Captivating
How's it going? A record breaking start to the season, winning seven and drawing one of the first eight league games was incredible. The unbeaten run, ended by our nearest and dearest rivals Mansfield started what's been inconsistency ever since. During the summer Paul Cook gathered what must be one of the strongest squads in the division and his brand of possession football has at times been a pleasure to watch. Recent criticism by some fans can only be explained by the bar being raised due to the early season form. Sitting second in the league and in the northern area final of the JPT can only be described as a season going to plan.
Who's been the star? Difficult one this but I'm going with Sam Hird. Transfer listed in the summer after being the scapegoat for last season's failed promotion bid. He's shown real professionalism and got back in the side and has been superb. Off the list and first on the team sheet.
Biggest disappointment? It has to be the home defeat in the league against Mansfield. After going unbeaten for so long and in front of a full house at the Proact, the defeat was hard to take. Revenge did come only 10 days later in the away JPT fixture. All we need now is revenge in the league!
All we want for Christmas is ... Without doubt I'm hoping Paul Cook wakes on Christmas morning to find a newly refurbished and ready to go Jack Lester in his stocking at the end of the bed. Misfiring strikers Marc Richards and Armand Gnanduillet could do with a few more lessons from the legend who would still have done a job this season.
Dean Mansell Away End
Dagenham & Redbridge
Season in one word Surprised.
How's it going? The biggest plus point is that we've been overachieved on where we thought we'd be at this stage at the start of the season. Our canny knack of putting the ball in the net far more than last season has helped, as have the unexpected and rather welcome signings of Zavon Hines and Rhys Murphy. Our home form has been sparkling, and if we can sort out our dodgy results on the road then we should have an even brighter second half of the season.
Who's been the star? The aforementioned signings of tricky winger Hines and natural goalscorer Murphy have been the standout players. They give us a creative and cutting edge up front, where previously we had neither. Wayne Burnett deserves tremendous credit for getting them in.
Biggest disappointment? Our continual inability to defend against set-pieces. We've conceded so many goals as a result of aerial mistakes this season it's become something of a running joke. As soon as we think we've turned a corner with regards to dropping silly points, it creeps back up on us again.
All we want for Christmas is … for Santa to lock the doors and not give any other side a Hines- or Murphy-shaped present in January. If he could also spare a banjo and a barn-door for misfiring forwards Josh Scott and Chris Dickson, that'd be fantastic.
Nick Murphy @NickMurphy1995
Season in one word Frustrating
How's it going? A blistering start saw us playing some lovely football and dreaming of promotion but since a 4-0 demolition of Scunthorpe in mid-October we haven't won until Saturday's victory at Accrington. Such is the tight nature of League Two, we're still only four points off the play-offs, although which Exeter we'll get in 2014 is anybody's guess.
Who's been the star? Given our tight playing budget, a lot of our academy players have stepped up and outshone more senior team mates. The likes of Matt Grimes, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Matt Jay and Tom Nichols have all shown glimpses of a bright future.
Biggest disappointment? Sadly the frustration with last season's collapse combined with this season's slump has occasionally broken out into hostility between fans and the players and manager. Yes, the football's very poor at times, but the same can be said for the home atmosphere. We're still in touch for promotion, which makes it all a little self-defeating.
All we want for Christmas is … Can I come over all mushy and ask that the season of goodwill extends into the rest of 2014 at St James Park? We're a relatively decent side in transition and if everybody pulls together the play-offs are within reach. Failing that, the gift of consistency would be nice.
Gary Andrews @gafootbl
Season in one word Promising
How's it going? After manager Graham Alexander jettisoned virtually the whole of last year's squad over summer, the Cod Army started the season surprisingly smoothly, sitting just two points off the top, in no part helped by a raft of signings from higher up the league. Bury captain Steven Schumacher, Stevenage skipper Mark Roberts and Notts Country winger Jeff Hughes have added experience to the team, while 10-year veteran Nathan Pond continues to amaze, despite joining Fleetwood one level above Sunday league. We've been promoted every two years for what seems like eternity, and with the amount of money being spent, a top three spot is eminently realistic.
Who's been the star? After losing Jamie Vardy to Leicester in 2012, we spent last year's campaign – our first ever in the Football League – lacking creativity in the final third. Thankfully, the signing of Antoni Sarcevic from Chester City has filled our treqartista-shaped hole – you can't move for Championship scouts at Highbury these days.
Biggest disappointment? For reasons to be explained below, the unfortunate teenage striker Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, signed on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. A complete inability to trap the ball hasn't exactly made him a fan favourite.
All we want for Christmas is … Our two front men (although one would suffice). Record signing Jamille Matt broke his ankle in November (entirely unrelated to the huge 8ft flag I'd just made him), and back-ups David Ball and Jon Parkin have also struggled with injuries and form. Alexander needs a target man in January, for Dieseruvwe's sake at the very least.
Season in one word Encouraging.
How's it going? Not too bad after a slow start, it took us six league games to register our first goal and seven for our first league win which looked like it was going be another long season in store for us. However with us winning five out of six games in October, we seemed to have turned a corner under Colin Cooper. Additionally with promising young players like Luke James, Jack Baldwin and Michael Duckworth showing their potential and the team playing some good football, there's room to be positive here at The Vic.
Who's been the star? While praise should rightly go to Scott Flinders, Jack Baldwin and Luke James; I'd have to single out Michael Duckworth. Signed from Bradford Park Avenue earlier in the season, the right-back looks like he's playing professional football all his career and has a big future ahead of him.
Biggest disappointment? The slow start, I suppose. We weren't playing too badly and looked very sound defensively which made it even more frustrating.
All we want for Christmas is … Another striker would be nice, 19-year-old Luke James has hit double figures so far but there aren't many other options should he get injured or suspended etc. With wages being freed up from the departure of Steve Howard, we could hopefully see a new addition in the upcoming transfer window.
David Jolly @DavidPKL
Season in one word Steady
How's it going? Being promoted from the conference as champions came as such a relief and, considering the stability of the chairman, with ambition. He's been quoted as saying he wants another promotion and after starting surprising well, it looked likely but the usual November/December slump has set in and now we're in danger of having a very different fight on our hands. That said, Paul Cox's teams are statistically stronger after Christmas so for the majority of supporters, worry of the R word is a long way away. Stability is key, anything above that is pleasing.
Who's been the star? There's a few contenders so far, Chris Clements has been surprising whilst Jamie McGuire, despite his suspensions has impressed. Sam Clucas has notched a few goals for us but Matt Green's boots still haven't been filled so nobody is really shining to his effect yet.
Biggest disappointment? Despite Sam Clucas' efforts, the disappointing factor has been the complete failure to replace Matt Green, 57 goals in two seasons is a tough act to follow. We've signed players with promise but promises can be broken as the 300+ minute spell without a goal highlighted.
All we want for Christmas is ... Up until a few weeks ago, the answer would have been for Adam Murray and Paul Cox to kiss and make up following the clear tiff which saw Murray shipped out on loan to local non-league sides. Now they've buried the hatchet, it has to be a goal machine!
Craig Priest @craigpriest14
Season in one word Encouraging
How's it going? A decent start to the season saw us reach the top of the table, albeit for a few minutes, after coming back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 against champions-elect Chesterfield. Unfortunately, that form could not be sustained through November and a sticky spell, particularly at home, has seen us fall just short of the play-off places. However, a very encouraging start for what must be the smallest squad in League 2. The league is extremely tight this year, anyone can beat anyone, so there is no reason we can't make a sneaky push for a top seven finish.
Who's been the star? Jim Bentley will always be a hero. As a player he always gave 100% and as such instantly earned the respect and admiration of supporters. He puts in even more as a manager, and fully deserves the success he will undoubtedly achieve. We hope that will be with us.
Biggest disappointment? Losing at home to Accrington. We have still failed to beat Accrington in every Football League encounter since our promotion. Form is thrown out of the window each time and regrettably, (even if usually with the help of a poor official) they usually show more determination than us to win the game.
All we want for Christmas is … A new signing would be great as we have struggled to name a full bench for most of the season. Failing that, for Kevin Ellison to knock back a few years and become even more prolific in front of goal – with added pace!
Season in one word Outstanding!
How's it going? I had high hopes for this season and felt we'd do well back in the league. I'm delighted that we've well exceeded those expectations. Considering that we've had a number of key injuries, heading into Christmas in the playoffs and three points off the top is a fantastic reflection on the manager's ability in particular and the spirit of the players and supporters. Our home record in particular has been really strong, and the only league game we've lost was down to a very unlucky day for one player. Away from home we've competed almost everywhere, and it shouldn't take much to turn good draws into one or two more wins. We've started to show that ability by beating Pompey 2-0 on Saturday.
Who's been the star? The manager Justin Edinburgh for me is the star man again. He's consistently made good decisions and has conjured some results out of nothing. His track record on signing players is fantastic and tactically he's got us playing great football.
Biggest disappointment? Unfortunately I probably saw this one coming, but conceding four at Kidderminster and going out of the FA Cup is the biggest disappointment. I really wouldn't want to be too critical though, it's one bad result and the season overall has been brilliant.
All we want for Christmas is ... For our key players to stop getting injured. If we get that, then we're solid contenders for the playoffs and may even sneak into the top three. We don't need much in the transfer market and anyone we bring in will be cover for our outstanding existing squad.
James Allen @jamesallenSE4
Season in one word Disappointing
How's it going? Not very well. The Wembley hangover lasted through the summer and for most of the early part of the season with a clear out of players that got us into the play-off final followed by inadequate replacements and key injuries putting pay to any plans of another promotion push already. Now it's all about getting out of the bottom two with much better signings coming in on short term loans to try and get us out of the mess that we've got ourselves in.
Who's been the star? The man I feel most sorry for is goalkeeper Matt Duke who has been outstanding in the middle of some abject performances from the rest of the team. Signed in the summer from play-off final opponents Bradford, Duke has kept us in many a game and kept the score down in plenty of others.
Biggest disappointment? The summer transfer window dealings. We never properly replaced Bayo Akinfenwa and the likes of midfield battler Luke Guttridge. Fortunately, Aidy Boothroyd appears to have realised his mistakes and has started to bring in the right characters on loan to start to turn things around.
All we want for Christmas is ... Ricky Ravenhill on a permanent deal, the ability to win away from home, a miracle cure for Kelvin Langmead, Lewis Hornby and Alex Nicholls' injuries, penalty taking lessons and 50 more points.
Danny Brothers @dannybrothers
Season in one word Gritty
How's it going? Somehow Oxford United are top of the pile heading towards the Christmas holidays. Less of a reflection on the brilliance of The Us' squad, it probably says more about the weakness of League Two this year than anything else. Regardless, Chris Wilder has started to answer his doubters by forging a fantastic team-spirit that has seen United face up to yet another injury-ravaged campaign. Previous seasons have seen The Us falter without their key players, but with everyone seemingly pulling together this term, Wilder looks close to earning a contract-extension if he can secure a promotion spot.
Who's been the star? The Development Squad. Set up this summer by chairman Ian Lenagan, it reflects his impassioned belief that the club needs to develop home-grown players. This has gone hand-in-hand with Wilder being shackled in the loan market. Lo and behold, the youngsters have been stepping into the breach admirably and team-spirit has never been better.
Biggest disappointment? There's not a great deal to be disappointed about, though Jonathan Meades missing the entire season through injury has been a blow. Most Us fans were excited when AFC Wimbledon's Young Player of the Year signed this summer, but Meades has been sidelined with ruptured ankle ligaments since pre-season.
All we want for Christmas is ... To avoid the traditional end of season collapse. Oxford have a bad habit of throwing away healthy league positions after Christmas. Maybe some players have enjoyed a few too many helpings of turkey in the past? We're top of the league, but a Christmas miracle to keep us there wouldn't go amiss.
Antony Fallows @TonyFallows
Season in one word Meh
How's it going? John Sheridan's Argyle have struggled to push on after last season's final day escape from relegation, stumbling through the first half of the 2013-14 campaign. An inconsistent start preceded an alarming eight game winless streak that lasted for much of September and October, before a run of three wins and two draws in November nudged the Greens back towards the relative comfort of mid-table. The Gaffer deserves credit for stopping the rot, but further progress is unlikely to be made until Argyle – who are League Two's lowest scorers – improve their record in front of goal.
Who's been the star? Reuben Reid has battled manfully in attack, converting some of his vocal doubters whilst netting five of Argyle's (pitifully small) total of 14 league goals. If a couple of his teammates could chip in with a few more, the Greens might be able to edge their way towards the top half of the table.
Biggest disappointment? A trip to Vale Park was not quite what everyone had in mind when Argyle made it into the FA Cup third round draw for the first time since 2010. No disrespect meant to Port Vale fans, who were no doubt equally delighted to have the chance to host such a glamour tie...
All we want for Christmas is ... A few more goals, please. Ideally enough to keep us out of the relegation scrap.
Season in one word Struggle
How's it going? A tough half-season in League Two. We have sparked occasionally, but faltered too frequently. Bright beginnings to matches have fizzled out into dull draws and abject starts have been followed by promising performances, without success. We now find ourselves four points from the bottom of the table, following a winless streak of eight games. Maulings by Oxford and Newport were followed by home defeats to Southend and Scunthorpe. There's hope that the new management team of Richie Barker and Steve Coppell can turn things around (with encouraging words so far), but there's hardly anything to build on.
Who's been the star? Ricky Holmes has been the closest we've had to a consistent performer. He is currently the top assister in League Two (seven assists), which is decent considering our top scorer has not scored in the league since August.
Biggest disappointment? The squad failing to gel in the way that many of us convinced ourselves that it would. Community spirit and fan-ownership does not transfer into a unified team. (I should also mention the match-fixing allegations against Sam Sodje which were the last thing we needed associated in any way with the club. Dreadful.)
All we want for Christmas is ... A revival – something to cling on to and a semblance of stability. At this stage, we should forget pre-season predictions of play-offs and promotion – it's survival we're aiming for.
Season in one word: Progressive
How's it going? Despite suffering a little blip in the league at the minute, the general consensus within the Rochdale fanbase is that we will still finish in the top seven. With the most successful manager in the club's history back at the helm we've started playing football the right way again and we have some exceptional players for this level, such as Matty Lund and Scott Hogan. It's also fantastic to be in the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2004-05 season and everyone at the club is looking forward to a home tie versus Leeds.
Who's been the star? Scott Hogan. Having been released by the club as a youngster, Scott's made his way back to the club through the non-league ladder and has been a fantastic addition to the squad. He's got bags of pace and skill and can finish too and at just 21 and looks set to go on to bigger and better things.
Biggest disappointment? Matty Done. When Done returned to the club for a second spell the Dale messageboards went into overdrive as he was considered one of our better players when we played in League One. So far however, he has looked desperately off the pace and nowhere near the player he was first time round.
All we want for Christmas is … Grant Holt to come home. Or Rickie Lambert. Or Chris O'Grady. Or any of our ex-forwards. Given that we've developed something of a reputation for producing strikers it's somewhat frustrating that the one thing this team lacks is a striker who can hold the ball up and bring our attacking midfield players into play.
Season in one word Eventful
How's it going? After relegation from League One many fans were hopeful that we'd build a decent team to attack League Two. A combination of former players (Andy Dawson, Matt Sparrow with Cliff Byrne and Marcus Williams coming on loan), ageing veterans (Burton and Iwelumo) and untested youngsters (Hawkridge and Waterfall) brought in by Brian Laws, who struggled to get them all playing well together and was subsequently relieved of his duties and replaced in a caretaker capacity by his number two, Russ Wilcox. Whilst the team were in a decent position in the table they were struggling to pick up points at times and the change seems to have improved the fortunes of the Iron. Playing free flowing attacking football has brought a smile back to faces of fans and players alike.
Who's been the star? So far it's been striker Sam Winnall. Released by Wolves during the summer he's scored nine goals going into the festive period. Having had the likes of Sharp, Hooper and Keogh on the clubs books in the past we always seem to come up trumps with strikers and Winnall seems to be the next to come off the Glanford Park production line.
Biggest disappointment? Chris Iwelumo. The former Scotland International (probably most famous for his glaring miss against Norway from two yards out) came in with a big reputation and a lot of optimism in the eyes of fans but his return of two goals has been somewhat of a disappointment.
All we want for Christmas is … Plans for a new stadium to come to fruition. Glanford Park is 25 years old this year and is beginning to show its age. New chairman Peter Swann is looking to expand the club in many ways, the plan for a push towards returning to the Championship look set to revolve around a new ground in north Lincolnshire.
Season in one word Promising
How's it going? The season has gone surprisingly well. Not many Southend fans expected to be chasing promotion this year, particularly as Phil Brown won just one of his eight games towards the end of last season. However, despite the constant financial restraints imposed on every Southend manager, Brown has built a solid side based on good football and hard work. There also appears to be an excellent team spirit in the squad and the mood at Roots Hall finally feels positive again. Long may it continue.
Who's been the star? Ryan Leonard. The 21 year old has moved permanently to the centre of midfield this season and excelled in his new role. Special mentions to Kevan Hurst, who has added six league goals to his usual assists this season, and the much-improved Anthony Straker – League Two's Gareth Bale, if you believe Phil Brown. Don't.
Bioggest disappointment? The FA Cup draw. After winning two tough away games in the cup, we are rewarded with Millwall at home. Pfft. On the plus side, that being the main disappointment demonstrates how good a season it has been for Southend.
All we want for Christmas is... To no longer be under a transfer embargo. We have been embargoed for the whole season and, whilst allowing us a squad of 20 – which is adequate in League Two – the ability to add to the squad in January could be crucial to the second half of the season.
Lew Carey @lewcarey25
Season in one word Excruciating
How's it going? Abysmally – we're bottom of the table with the worst goal difference. Our narrow victory this weekend was only our fourth of the season and our third clean sheet: both the joint-lowest in the division. While nobody expected our play-off challenges in recent years to become the norm given our relative lack of financial clout, staying out of relegation danger was the barest of minimum expectations. My sole reason for optimism is how close the division is this season: a win in our next match could see us leapfrog five other teams.
Who's been the star? Our reserve goalkeeper, Martin Rice, has stepped up admirably after the pre-season injury sustained by Michael Poke. He was man of the match in his first appearance with a string of fine saves and has maintained an assertive composure that belies his lack of experience at this level.
Biggest disappointment? Our defence has been the most culpable for our miserable season so far. We've been carved open far too easily, facing more shots from inside our six yard box than anyone in the division. We've also struggled to protect leads, taking League Two's smallest share of points from winning positions.
All we want for Christmas is ... Some locally-sourced Christmas cheer. Our festive fixture list sees us play at home to Bristol Rovers and Exeter and then away to Plymouth, so there'll be minimal travelling and a hopefully fantastic atmosphere to motivate the players. It's the perfect opportunity to build some much-needed momentum.
Ben Mayhew @GreenwichGull
Season in one word Inconsistent
How's it going? After three consecutive victories in September, Wanderers hit the dizzy heights of 8th in the League Two table but subsequent form has been awful. Two victories in 13 League games and no wins from the last eight has seen Gareth Ainsworth's side fall to 15th place in the table – only Mansfield have a worse record in the same period. The poor form has been coupled with a disciplinary record that has seen 57 yellow and six red cards picked up in all competitions to date this season. Ainsworth says he won't compromise on his style of play to trim the bookings but the run of winless games will be a concern for the former QPR midfielder who has been experimenting with a squad rotation system this season. Some supporters have voiced their concerns but in the main, Ainsworth is well liked and should pull Wanderers away from the danger zone.
Who's been the star? Former youth team goalkeeper Matt Ingram. Thrown into the first team spotlight during the latter stages of last season aged 19 and never looked out of place. Ever present this season and if his ever growing confidence and impressive form continues, Wycombe will do well to keep hold of him for much longing that the current campaign.
Biggest disappointment? The poor home form that has seen Wanderers register just three home league victories in ten attempts so far this season. That's hit the crowds too, with our lowest ever Football League attendance (2,357) being recorded at Adams Park when Exeter City were the visitors in November.
All we want for Christmas is ... With the budget restricted, we can't expect too much to come our way in terms of a new striker, so our best hope is for the current forwards to hit some decent form. Top scorer Dean Morgan (five goals) has not scored since bagging five in five during August and September. Natural scorer Matt McClure has chipped in with four league goals but both players will hope to remain injury free for the remainder of the season and start hitting the net on a regular basis.
Season in one word Disappointing
How's it going? Not well. We have shown a few glimpses of where Nigel Worthington wants us to be but we seem to shoot ourselves in the foot time after time. Our over-reliance on the loan market is especially highlighted in the defence where four out of the back five are borrowed from other clubs. Worthington strengthened the forwards in the summer and that is the one area we can be pleased with. The problem is further back where a leaky defence have conceded 28 times so far, the fourth worst tally in the division.
Who's been the star? Tough one, but Ryan Jarvis joined to a mixed reception but started the season well. His hard work has proved effective and his knack of being in the right place at the right time has soon started to win the crowd round.
Biggest disappointment? Richard Cresswell's homecoming really got the City faithful excited especially after joining on loan towards the end of last season and helping steer the club to safety. His few performances at the start of this season, however, left a lot to be desired. Maybe it was fitting of our season that he announced his retirement a few weeks ago after failing to shake off an on-going eye injury.
All we want for Christmas is ... A City fan to come into some money and pledge to refurbish Bootham Crescent would be our Christmas miracle. If not that then a time machine for David McGurk so we can get a younger, healthier version would be nice.
Shaun Wathey @Wathey