I suspect a lot of people, like me, are frustrated by the fact it's a fairly weak league this season, and we aren't far away from getting into the play-offs. I honestly believe if we added a creative ACM and a one-in-two-to-three striker, we'd finish top six. But as it is, we don't have the strength in depth to change things, and the likes of Wing are luxury players we can't afford to start with.
Yesterday was a punch in the tits, but I suspect Warnock will have the players fully fired up midweek, and there were probably some extenuating circumstances yesterday. And if Watmore is even 70 per cent fit, he starts, simply because nobody else can give us that creative spark.
It’s disappointing knowing we probably aren’t going to ‘have a go’ in January. Obviously Covid circumstances make it a slightly easier pill to swallow but feel like there is a real opportunity to be taken this season.
Financially, there’s some big hitters ahead of us but we’ve more than matched them in the games we’ve played against them.
We’ve got a good core and just need to add a bit of quality that will allow us to eliminate some of of our inconsistency.
No doubt having Fletcher back will help but that quality out wide I still think we miss and I still think we’re without genuine technical ability in midfield. Hourihane would give us exactly that so fingers crossed we can push through a loan deal.
Yesterday’s result was a really hard one to take and watch so I’m hoping Gibson will have seen what we all saw and is willing to put his hands in his pocket and give us a real chance of breaking into the top six and establishing ourselves.
SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY
H Barnsley v Cardiff City
D AFC Bournemouth v Sheffield Wednesday
A Coventry City v Nottingham Forest
A Luton Town v Rotherham United
D Millwall v Norwich City
A Preston North End v Reading
H Queens Park Rangers v Derby County
H Stoke City v Watford
A Swansea City v Brentford
H Wycombe Wanderers v Birmingham City
SUNDAY 24TH JANUARY
H Bristol City v Huddersfield Town
H Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers