Written by: Mitchell Bray
Without doubt the run of five consecutive losses has deflated the most optimistic of supporters. Coupled with the fact that of our rivals across the city of five consecutive wins, life isn’t good being us at this moment.
We have experienced the month of March with zero joy after months of wishful thinking that perhaps a top six position may be possible. In reality, it never was. Forgetting the points deduction and the circus that went with it, we achieved fifty points, which for us with our squad, is above expectation. As we currently stand in the current awful run of results questions will be asked as to how good or otherwise our squad is.
In my opinion, we are simply treading water at the moment and hope we achieve the necessary points to stay up. Losing like we have and accepting that we have either not deserved it or been unlucky in the losses is not acceptable. Many clubs could say the same up and down the leagues. Reality is that we need an overhaul, and perhaps Garry Monk already has this planned, now the embargo has been lifted.
The feeling amongst blues fans seems to be that this current run has turned from bad luck to sheer incompetence as to how to manage latter stages of games. We tend to mismanage from around the 70th minute. Garry Monk’s run of losses is a stark reality for him and he is hurting no doubt, but he has had plenty of plaudits over the months just like Rowett enjoyed when little was expected due to financial restraints. What I am beginning to see is the backward step on the actual pitch with very little skill and know-how as to see out games when in decent positions.
Players like Jota and Maghoma have become ‘passengers’, Keifenbeld a liability with his kamikaze needless bookings, back four taken apart at will and a goalkeeper who should never be called that. My hope is that the next seven games will produce the points without the pathetic scrutiny of looking for Rotherham to slip up each Saturday. As regards any advice I would humbly give or offer to Garry Monk for the upcoming Leeds game is to play Roberts with Dean and Morrison making a solid back three. We need to get a point from somewhere as the last five games, against very mediocre opposition, has proved we cannot rely on our midfield nor Adams etc.to find the net.