Perhaps effort is the wrong word. Concentration may be more apt?
As in how can Wing, a fresh sub, repeatedly fail to find the feet of a team mate. Why is Johnson dragging men down on the edge of the area. Why are multiple players s***** themselves and smashing it off the pitch than finding a man in the box.
I get that but at Stoke we improved although we were still poor at the back their was a plan and the game was manager well (probably the difference between the sides). If we pull the trigger after that then we deserve to go down because the ref and the players spoilt that game if the play had been end to end instead of stop start wed of won that from the evidence of the first 15 mins.
Yeah vs Stoke a major difference was our crosses and set pieces were on point we created numerous scramble chances just in front of their goal involving Saville/McNair against Hull we overhit every cross ran into blind alleys and continued our abysmal set piece record like Warnock never even arrived.
Listen if we go down yeah sure it's bad and we lose millions of pounds in player devaluation alone but at least we let Johnny Woodgate live his dreams with no pressure, expectations or standards as a football club.