Yeah the fatigue thing cant be used as a mitigating factor as every team in the league is dealing with the same schedule, some with a couple of extra cup games earlier in the season and some with more than just 2 international players. Yes we have a smaller squad than some but we also have players in the squad who aren't getting minutes which is the managers decision.
Fatigue management is just another facet of management and if we start to lose games because of it that's on the management team.
I think some of the players today looked fatigued, in my opinion. NW not picking certain players, not making substitutions earlier or even using all 5 allowed substitutions (recently), will further fatigue certain players as they will have to continue to play on. Howson, McNair, Dijksteel, Saville and Tav have all played over 1100 minutes so far this season. Only Brentford have the same amount of outfield players (5) as us, to have played over 1100 minutes. So although we both agree we are in the same predicament as every other team, our circumstances in terms of player numbers are certainly different.
Regarding your other points they are well made, but I'm not sure why you have made them when the original discussion was regarding player fitness and how I thought it played a small part in today's performance.
Robert’s had 218mins playing time and I go along with what someone early stated, the less he plays the greater his status.
Roberts is not the saviour because the team needs a lot more then any single player can bring to the squad, unity, creativity, belief, communication.
Equally NW has managed to create a team that is hard to beat, but on the other hand, find it hard to win.
The league is not easy and we all know that a month can see a team flying high and drop 6 or 7 positions in a blink of a eye.
Lets get to the half way mark and then judge, but I feel upper mid finish..