I remember Joe talking about this earlier in the month. If you take away our key players then last night proves that we really do have a poor squad. The first 11 is quite good, which was proven in how we dispatched Fulham, however if you look beyond that it really is a concern. The fact that we are so short on players that MM felt he had to pick a player that he said would never play for him again, is a little worrying. OK, he was quite good, but that isn't the point, really. The only real positive to having a small squad is that everyone gets along well, and there isn't lots of people who will never play, but the real concern is if we have a serious injury crisis then we're going to be dicing with death a bit, if our second XI players can't even defeat an average league 1 Crawley.
Can't see it myself, the squad is already a little bigger than last year, I think, and unless one or two go out, I can't see many more coming in?
Still think we're a little light in the centre of the park, though if Old Git is anything to go by then maybe Bishop should take a spot there?
Possibly another striker? that hungarian chap? Though if Paul Taylor stays, that would leave us with 6 "first team" strikers on the books, which seems excessive, even with McG's injury problems. More likely we'd get someone on loan til January, or a short loan, to cover us if necessary.
Sorry if this has already been posted, but Albion Rovers are offering a scheme to fans where they pay "what they can afford to" for their season tickets - already increased revenue and match day numbers.. doubt it would work at championship level, but shows the club are prepared to risk some profit to try and get numbers through the turnstiles...
Makes me so glad that 1, we are not fighting for relegation this year, and 2, that we have a great manager like McCarthy who has respect from his players and has created a squad where everybody seems to get along. Great stuff. Wonder how long it will be before we hear of a fight at the Norwich training centre?
Whilst unmicing Stephen Fry at an event I was filming tonight I told him"I would like you more if I wasn't an Ipswich fan" He replied "scum! Tractor boys!" And told me it would be nice if we were as good as them so we could play a derby again. I told him it was ok because Norwich would be making that happen shortly anyway when they came down. He huffed and walked off. Interestingly it only took him 8 minutes through his talk to make a joke about gay Russians, for those who might be wondering.
If we win the next two, which I think both are winnable, we stand a chance of closing the gap on Reading.
They have to play QPR away next week, so they could easily drop three points there. They also have Brighton away in a week or two after that.
We must be wary of Wigan however who have two games in hand of us and have three easier games to play, against Huddersfield, Sheffield Weds and Barnsley. They could leap-frog us if not careful. They do however have to play in the FA Cup, so they'll be a bit more fatigued I can imagine and may get tired towards the end of the season as most of there players will have played 5 more games at least than everyone else.