Whilst I appreciate negativity isn't welcome. I do feel people try to find positives in everything rather than just acknowledging that there are problems in this current team.
Not the one that went on a run. But this current team.
Mings isn't the same player Neither is tabb Bru isnt consistant enough Smith and Berra doesn't work. If Murphy doesn't score we have problems.
For me there was one positive - Sears looks a handy player. But he was played out of position the whole game.
We massively miss the Hyam of earlier in the season Skuse looks tired
It's all well and good saying next week we could be 3rd. Of course we can. But we also have to acknowledge we have let a 15point gap over 7th slip in 2 months.
Do we have enough to keep going in the top 6? I'm not sure as the games come by.
Teams have strengthened. Ours has weakened.
Today showed exactly where our problems lie - how we play our football.
When we mix it. We can play some lovely stuff. But we kept aiming long high balls without managing to play It over the defence. This was our problem.
To many lucky punts up field. No calmness on the ball from smith or chambers.
I don't feel Marcus has backed Mick enough. But I also feel mick is his own worst enemy. I said before the game my concern was lack of punch in mick for this game. It showed in our performance. We backed out of 50 50's. We're second the every loose ball.
Norwich weren't fantastic. But they were able to hurt us and to be honest. They barely broke a sweat second half. Why play varney? He didn't win one header when he came on and imo did nothing of note. Wood caused more hassle in the box in 5 minutes.
Set pieces were awful really. Except maybe 1 in second half.
Now. Next week we could as a lot of you say be third. But more performances like today and we'll finish outside the play offs imo.
I'd that Mick is looking top 10, anything more its a bonus.
He's building a squad capable of finishing top 6 even top 2. At present I just don't think its strong enough to finish in top 6.
We have to understand that we won't spend like other teams. Therefore we can only hope big things can happen with the hand Mick is given.
If Mcg, Hyam, smith, mings, Anderson etc were all on par. I think we'd currently be top 2 comfortably and looking forward to prem
However. They have all been below par. A couple injured and we're left with a weak team.
We don't have natural midfield goal scorers. Bru is learning the English game. Bishop is 18. Murphy can't do it all on his own and you have to remember this is his best season in all his career. If he was consistently consistent he wouldn't be here.
There's a fair few posts saying things like " a top 2 side shouldn't struggle against.... Brighton have only won 2 home games.... Etc etc
Thing is. Before season started Id hoped for a play off push. to be 1 point off top in January is amazing. Even if we drop and finish in top 6. It's still a progressive season.
The key is to build the team which over 2 years it's getting there.
Just because the league shows us near the top. It doesn't give us a Devine right to beat everyone else. In this league. Anybody can beat anybody. You have an off day. You'll get punished. Clearly our squad over the past 2 weeks have looked knackered. Backed up by mick. He knows our limits. Hopefully this 10 day break will do us the world of good.
Whilst there was a lot of tongue in cheek moans on forum and chat room. There are some that feel we've ruined it etc. Let's see where we are in May.
We've show that we can get results against the teams around us. We can do it again.