- Skuse/Hyam partnership weak: improvement of both, emergence of Bishop. Bru better than thought. Collison and Ambrose waiting if necessary (which also answers lack of midfield options, I suppose). - Missing Cresswell: Mings. - Lack of balance: Change of formation/personnel. - McGoldrick fitness/performance issues: seems to be getting back to his best. - Lack of investment: clearly we were waiting for Williams or someone like him to be available, and we only just made it under the FFP target anyway.
"Nigel Adkins seems like a nice man, doesn’t he? The sort of chap who would definitely lend you his drill if he lived next door to you. And he wouldn’t even mind if you broke the bit. “Just replace it when you can,” he’d say, before inviting you round for drinks and nibbles with Angie next Friday. "
"Nigel Pearson wouldn’t lend you his drill. He keeps his drill selection in a locked cabinet in his garage, neatly arranged, cataloged and accounted for. You wouldn’t ask, either. He’d just glare at you and go back to buffing his Volvo."