Dare I say after 3 league games we will still be on nil points.
Its tough at present, we only just scraped past Pompey in the play off semi finals and we all know how bad we defended at Wembley against the newly crowned championship whipping boys from Buckinghamshire.
Playing Matty Taylor up front on his own is a big mistake as we need goals (4-3-3 is the way forward, with the front 3 pushing forward centrally and not tucked out on the wings) and it’s plain to see we have not had a competitive clean sheet for the last 9 games, ironically it was a 3-0 home win against Accrington Stanley so it seems if we don’t score at least two goals in a match we are either going to draw or lose, its a conundrum Karl Robinson needs to address and address very, very soon.
Ok, I'm feeling hacked off with the whole Covid-19, not going to footy etc etc so, with regard to this game, optimism is not flowing.
Drop Henry to the bench. Start with Agyei and Del boy, leave Tayls on the bench for the first 60 minutes.
Brannagan, Forde, Cooper, Atkinson, Moore, Long and Sykes all start. Eastwood will start although I would have welcomed Stevens getting a league start. And, to complete the back four there is little option but Clare - let's hope he has got his concentration in order.
Result would be to keep a clean sheet but teams have got us figured out, sit back, wait for a break and sprint forward. Or, simply wait for a set piece opportunity - we can't defend for toffees at the moment.
I would love to be proved wrong. Will still pay a tenner for iFollow and still get annoyed when they switch off Radox at half time and the one camera angle viewing will remind me how much I miss the real thing. (and then we'll open a bottle of something and drink the lot)
2 nil to Accy. We have been utter chod so far. We are still injury ravaged and very short. Weve done nothing to address those issues. Accy are organised, direct and in your face. We struggle with that.
Clare Moore Atkinson Long
Sykes Forde Brannagan
Agyei Taylor Cooper
I don't particularly like it but Forde over Kelly offers far more protection defensively, Cooper on the left is at least a round peg in a round hole, and I think Agyei deserves a start and would offer a physical presence against a robust Accy side.
I don't think we're getting a win here, unfortunately. Hopefully the week off revitalises the players but we still have the same issues in terms of personnel we had last week. A draw would be good.
Looking ahead, things look a little worrying. We need to pick up some form and soon because, after Crewe at home next weekend, which is SURELY a win, we have Gills and then Posh away in subsequent weekends. We're then Tuesday-Saturday until the end of October, with games against Swindon, Charlton (A) and Fleetwood (A) in that run. That's a LOT of tough fixtures in a short space of time. If we're not careful, we could see ourselves out of the autos race by November. So I think more than anything I just want to see a response this weekend to the last couple of games - some indication that the tide is turning.