OK, I do not look at the tables until this point and on the surface it looks well it looks OK – 9th is where most of us will think we will finish.
Of course when assessing the first nine we have to be honest now on the quality of the teams we have played. With the exception of course of Man City lets face it and be honest we have played the poor to average teams in the division.
The two wins against Blackburn and Wigan are against teams we would expect to be in or close to the bottom 3. Also if people are honest you would recognise neither were that good a performance but we did enough to win. I guess I should wipe over the memories of Wolves and Newcastle and today, well, it has been said already.
Away of course we have failed to win and apart from 30/40 minutes against QPR did not look like winning any of them. Of course against Man City we got shown up big style and with the first home defeat I have to be honest I fear for the next nine games to take us up to half way……
You can spend endless time debating the attitude of the players, systems and styles but what I have seen so far is simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Yes we have had restrictions, yes we had to sell our best players for the last 3 years but where is the attitude, desire and determination ?
For all his faults, Mcleish should have brought that but without that his limited style will fail and fail badly. Just one stat for you ….
Before today’s game only Stoke and Swansea had less shots on goal, whats the betting that is now only Stoke, that is shocking
Going to be a long tough season and Mcleish has done NOTHING to prove any detractor wrong. the boring playing style, no width, questionable team choices, players out of position, unable to change a game.