OK so today was far short of being the poor displays we have seen under Mcleish.
Against a Sunderland side obviously short on confidence we started out very slowly and for the first 20 minutes they ran the game. However Petrov came up with another special, a lovely curling shot and this gave the team some confidence. However you always felt that there is a weakness at the heart of the team.
As Wickham’s goal showed and now I have seen their equaliser it is obvious where the weakness is. Whether it is because of the personnel or because of Mcleish or both the defence is now as poor under Mcleish as it was under Houllier. I mean when you think about set piece defending is what McLeish should be very good at coaching, so how come every time a ball comes in we look so nervous and likely to concede at any time.
So when QPR scored late you knew that in your heart they deserved that but today for an away team we played reasonably well and if we had won no one would have complained. That is what is most gutting about today, the failure cost us again and when you look at the fixtures it is a desperate two points to drop.
Because lets make no mistake about it, 6 draws in 10 is poor and when you measure it against the opposition it is very poor. Now if we get the same record in the next 10 that would be good given the teams but we have blown chances to progress.
That was better today in some areas, it looked better but if we do not fix the problems we are looking at a relegation scare again.
Is this history repeating itself (12 months on) but with worse players ?
(oh I forgot MOTM !!! for me it is a simple one – Chris Herd, did his job well, good tackles and got stuck in)