After yesterday’s game the one thing that struck me was the state of the defence.
For the second game running I sat in the North Stand Lower right behind the goal. The difference from my normal position is that you can see much more details on what goes on. A good example of this comparing and contrasting how Given and Guzan go on about things and how much vocal Guzan is.
What I noticed yesterday was quite apparent against average lower division forwards. In essence the gaps were massive, there was little communication and the defenders did not quite know who to pick up and when to close down. Baker gets a lot of credit for last ditch blocks but I see that as him having to recover all the time for being out of position.
We know from his Norwich days that Lambert frankly does not care for the defence. When you leave an inexperienced that wide open with no cover in front no wonder they struggle. Whether it was Wigan or Ipswich you can see the massive gaps in front of Clark and Baker. Now I think neither of them are as good as people thought they may be (especially in the case of Clark for me) but boy they are getting no help at all. Yesterday could have easily been another 3 against us and only a combination of poor finishing and two very good Given saves meant that was not the case.
I know in modern football the concept of decent (not even asking for class) defending has gone but I am old fashioned. I actually think you need a stable defence to build up on things. It is no good going into every game thinking you have to score three to win, especially when we create so little.
Until Lambert sorts this out (and I doubt he can) then we are destined for low table mediocrity.