From a defensive point of view yes, we look more stable at the back and it's probably no coincidence that has happened with Parr's return. He's our best full back without question, why he has been omitted when we've been conceding a shed full of goals I don't know.
Going forward though we look pretty toothless and it's no surprise we've had such a meagre goals tally in the last 10 games, that's despite having a pretty decent set of attacking players on paper.
MM would rightly point out that you can build from the back though, if you're conceding less you don't have to be so good going forward. As an ex-defender, he will always see it that way I suppose.
Hopefully things will click going forward, even if it's a deflection off Murph's ass, one will hopefully bring many. You often need a lift even if it's against a poor team and Bolton offer that possibility. I remember when it was us who used to give a foot up to struggling teams, now it's Bolton's turn COYB!
For me it's very disappointing we haven't built on last season but it's certainly a position which can be rectified quite quickly given our attacking personnel
I fear it maybe more through luck than judgement with players returning from injury etc
There does seem to be some blind loyalty placed on individuals throughout the team though, the balance really is messed up and it goes against everything MM instilled when he first came in, putting round pegs in round holes etc
The defence however is a big problem and has been all the way through 2015 imho, it almost cost us a play-off place and it's certainly contributed to our mid-table obscurity we are currently enjoying
We've been Paul Jewellesque in recent weeks, I never thought I'd be saying that under Mick McCarthy!