Our side from last year would have blown this Brentford side out of the water, defensively shambolic. I've never seen a team play such an open game against 10 men. We could and should have got another goal but it was one of those days where everything went their way besides that awful injury :p
The referee may as well have sent Hyam off for that foul, I think once he knew the severity of the injury, he was always going to look for a red when Hyam committed another foul. I couldn't see the second foul from where I was but there seemed to be little in it?
Either way, the red card along with the foul leading up to their first goal aided and abetted the result.
I think if we had got to half time with 11 men, we'd have won that game.
It was just one of those games you get at the end of the season. I wouldn't read too much into it.
Burnley, Blackpool, Stoke, Wigan, Hull, Swansea, Norwich, Portsmouth and Watford have made it to the Premier league, some have stayed there for a good length!
All who are historically weaker clubs than ourselves, some who must have been miles behind us in terms infrastructure prior to Premiership income and parachute payments
Every season we're not there is another season clubs like this get ahead of us
I just wonder if we've missed the boat, it's certainly getting harder and harder to compete
The only positive to take out of the last 15 years is we've only really had one genuine relegation fight and that was snuffed out by MM. It's testament to the club that we've managed not to plummet to embarrassing lengths.
This still remains our most average era for 50 odd years, when was the last time we were in the third tier?
I'm getting bored of this league frankly, I just hope Evans and MM get there heads down and get us competitive next season, it's been a particularly disappointing one. It reminds of the season under Magilton where we stagnated and ended up replacing him with the dark lord
that's the line we've been told again and again this season.
Whilst we have gone backwards to some extent, you can't but help wonder how it may have been if Fraser, McGoldrick and Bishop had been fit for the majority of the season.
MM has been unlucky with injuries this season imho, his biggest mistake was his stubbornness in January to do something about it.
Both Pringle and Feeney are decent additions and I'd love to see us sign them in the summer but they came in far too late. In MM's defence I suspect by waiting we may end up signing them on better deals to what we may have had to do in January.
Whilst I'm not writing off this season yet, I don't have much hope in us raiding the play-offs unless Feeney and Pringle really settle in and McG and Bishop recover miraculously in time to turn our season around. I can't see it happening but we live in hope!
Again I think next season with the addition of Pringle and Feeney and a few youngsters stepping up could see us finishing in the play-offs again.
It may seem like doom and gloom currently but we're in no worse a position than we were at the end of last season, it would just be nice to have some excitement come the end of it.