I’m not going to be overly negative about last night’s display. We have been poor away from home for a very long time, and despite the result against Bolton, there were some positive signs that we are improving on the road.
The Trotters went joint top by getting the three points, and we were in command for a fair amount of the game. Still, it all comes down to the result at the end of the day. And it’s familiar failings that are letting us down.
After the game, blogger Daniel Ivery tweeted a short, succinct description of what he expects this season to be for the Blues:
This is going to be a season of struggle for #BCFC isn’t it?
— almajir (@almajir) 22 August 2018
Fans responded with a variety of reactions:
Can’t score goals, same problem for years now! #bcfc
— Harry James (@HarryJames59) 22 August 2018
It’s only a struggle to score but the goals will come…play and effort is 100% up on this time last season
— TheRoyalBlueRoom (@Bhamcitytalk) 23 August 2018
Points for effort ..
— David Farrell (@B25dave) 23 August 2018
Look at the meltdown. We are only 4 games give it a rest
— Andrew Wood (@woody19901) 22 August 2018
4 league games in, and 32 shots on goal Fri and tonight, for no goal. I’m not worried atm, id be more concerned if we weren’t creating.
— Darren Nelson (@stan_drews) 22 August 2018
Can’t see where the goals are going to come from
— Michael Jabbari (@mike1983jabbari) 22 August 2018
Light the blue touch paper and stand back. Emotive statement to promote a reaction. We all know we’re creating chances, but missing them. But we’re 4 league games into the season. Remain positive. Negativity becomes self fulfilling. It’s a long, long Rd. #KRO
— Jonty Stephens (@jontystephens) 23 August 2018
It will be one of relegation fighting again and not sure we deserve to survive a third straight fight. No lessons learned… 2pts from 12 is nowhere near acceptable.
— Richard Edwards (@richeddy7) 22 August 2018
I thought (or hoped) we would have much more about us this season, but clearly no idea in the final 3rd.
— Jon Pearce (@jon_pearce) 22 August 2018
Yes indeed it is! Monk isn’t a miracle worker! #tiredandweary
— Mark Galloway (@Covbluenose) 22 August 2018
Garry Monk can only work with the tools with which he has been given, and I think it’s fair to assume there would have been a significant overhaul of the squad if we hadn’t fallen foul of the EFL’s FFP regulations.
As it is, we have to make do with what we have. Personally, I think our home form will help us avoid another year flirting with relegation, but we will have to wait and see.