Let’s be honest; results have left us all a bit sick. We’re doing the right things (Gillingham aside) but just not getting the just rewards for our endeavour.
I know cynics will say possession stats mean little, but we are controlling games, having purposeful possession and creating chances. We had more chances than Ipswich in midweek and should have won the game. Did we win it? You and I both, sadly, know the answer to that.
You don’t always get what you deserve and the last three years mean absolutely nothing, other than us now being in League One. This is our level of old, the level my Dad feels we belong at. We are going to have to work incredibly hard to get there.
In the absence of a match this weekend I’m planning three articles, the first of which is with you now. This is looking at the current areas of the field and assessing our strengths, weaknesses and where changes might be affected. After this (in no particular order) I’m going to examine the type of players we need to bring in, not necessarily the actual targets, and hopefully finish the weekend with a bit on opinions. If I dare.
Over the next couple of pages, we’ll be talking defenders at their limit, midfield conundrums that must keep Michael up at night and the all-important striker issue; who will score our goals?
Let’s start with a nice easy one shall we? Keepers.
To put it bluntly, we don’t need a change in goal. I know Grant Smith has turned in a couple of decent performances in the EFL Trophy, but I don’t think Josh can be faulted too much for his efforts recently. He did get a cheap header drop over his head this week, but Jason Shackell cleared off the line to keep the score at 0-0. Aside from that, Josh has been a safe pair of hands. If anything, he’s one of the players who has stepped up and improved massively since the early exchanges; one or two fans were calling for him to be replaced in the early part of the season.
It might be harsh on Grant Smith, but the life of a keeper is a tough one and Josh Vickers is the best we’ve got right now. He’s certainly not to blame for the goals we’ve let in and it might be argued he’s kept us in some fixtures of late.
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