I am perhaps overdoing it with the headline, but there is a definite feeling of deflation amongst many football fans of clubs outside the Premiership's "Top Four".
The season started with very high hopes with Liverpool and Arsenal looking less than invincible. Add to that the less than perfect start by Manchester United and there is a feeling that a golden opportunity has been missed.
This year seems a very strange one, indeed, with points dropped by the mighty champions league quartet more readily than before, and some spending clubs failing to achieve anywhere near enough.
I firmly believed that Aston Villa would have been more consistent, Everton the same.
Tottenham of course are a very great disappointment but that may now change and Portsmouth have their own problems.
Thank goodness for Hull and their remarkable start, although I suspect their high watermark has now been reached.
My own club Manchester City were always going to struggle this year, but next year may well be different—perhaps something more can be made of the season after January.
What is clear is that the pressure is now greater on ALL clubs to take every game seriously as there is no safe three-pointer and no assumptions can be made.
Mid-table mediocrity has been blown away. It appears that any club from the bottom 11 or 12 needs to get into gear soon or be sucked into the relegation fight, including some very big names indeed.
Let's hope that the missed opportunity of this season doesn't perpetuate the painfully predictable Premiership of years past.
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