I said when we sold Murphy that if we don't get a good replacement in straight away then this season becomes a transitional one and sadly nothing I've seen since has changed my view on that.
We've brought in Williams, Varney and Best who aren't up to speed yet, we were already down McGoldrick and Hyam; and have been unfortunate with injuries to Smith, Webster and Pitman so the squad is desperately thin.
But last night and recent previous games almost feels like pre-season - where we are still trying to work out what we are doing....but it's basically October!
We passed the ball around better tonight, there seemed a real intent to go shorter, to play it out from the back more and that was good to see. Best did well up top but needed more support - Ward looks as though he could do with a rest.
I thought Bru had one of his better games, but just isn't suited to that more advanced role as just doesn't play high enough - and Skuse/Douglas as a partnership playing the way they are isn't going to lead anywhere because they sit so, so deep - it's no surprise we are short up top with Bru drifting deeper to those 2.
Pleased with and for Emmanuel, much more comfortable on the ball and got forward and involved well, and think Lawrence did well too.
I have a feeling we may nick it against Hudds on Saturday, but we really need to get a better balance between defence and attack and think that comes mainly from the midfield - would like to see Grant, Bishop or Bru playing alongside Skuse in the middle 2 to give us a bit more quality and impetus there.
Season feels like it has mid table written all over it though, and if we don't start continue with the first sprouts of passing football that showed last night, doubled up with a bit more chance creation then it could be a long boring season!
...just been sent a list of those players not currently contracted that are available as free agents if we were to try and add to the squad.
Players here listed are those with an ability in game of 100 (bottom end Championship players)
Over 30 Stéphane Sessegnon Emmanuel Adebayor Leon Osman Joey O'Brien Peter Odemwingie Marouane Chamakh Bobby Zamora Sylvain Distin Charles N'Zogbia Kieran Richardson Nigel Reo-Coker Ryan Taylor Luciano Becchio Marco Motta Tony Hibbert Luke Moore Chris Burke Chris Kirkland Marc-Antoine Fortuné Anthony Gerrard Matthew Upson Lloyd Doyley Dean Hammond Carlos Edwards
Under 30 Junior Hoilett Diego Poyet Federico Macheda Jose Baxter Jordan Spence Ishmael Miller Reece Wabara Frank Nouble
Some of these players are unavailable as taking time out of the game (Kirkland), likely to retire, serving a drugs ban (Baxter) or rubbish (Nouble)
A couple are interesting options though - wonder where Diego Poyet will end up as he is a class act.
Tommy Smith Teddy Bishop Brett Pitman Luke Varney Adam Webster Grant Ward Luke Hyam Jonny Williams
Have all missed the last, or are due to miss the next, game.
On top of that Leon Best isn't really up to speed yet and we (normally) try not to rush players back before an international break because it can really set them back.
Also the U18s had 8(!) players missing through injury on Saturday, be interesting to see who plays for the U23s tonight and whether someone like Morris may get a look in tomorrow for the bench as we are desperately short throughout the squad.
It won't be that clubs don't want to let players go out. It will that they won't let someone go out without making sure they have got someone coming in first. I've been there myself and we are in that situation here in that we can't afford to leave ourselves exposed in any areas. It's a balancing act.
a) Mick McCarthy, in the programme notes of the Preston game, on the day we agreed to sell our best striker and arguably our most important player without seemingly having a replacement lined up
...he's doing an impossible job where he has to push for promotion with limited resources and has to work in the short term when it could be argued the only way we'll get there is to take a step or two back and try and re-build something.
He has enhanced his reputation, and any parachute payment club would be a fool not to consider him for a vacancy.
And it is going to end badly for him here, the fans are turning and the football is turgid. He's done too much here to turn the club around to get the boot and wouldn't like to see that at any point.
Bullied by Chris Wood from start to finish we struggled to get in the game and 1-0 flattered us.....although from the way we played you wouldn't have thought we were 1-0 down for an hour as we offered absolutely nothing going forward. No shots on target and not even a half chance.
We just showed absolutely no attacking intent, no one close to Pitman or Best, and whenever Ward or Sears got the ball rather than going forward they turned back to face their own their goal and allowed Leeds to regroup so we got nowhere.
Douglas and Skuse played so deep that when we consistently went long and lost it, we had no-one to pick up the second balls - it was an embarrassinly inept attacking performance.
To make matters worse, Best looked knackered towards the end and will probably need to start on Tuesday and we will be missing Ward, Webster and Pitman presumably. The squad has no real depth when you look at that bench.
The only time we had anything when going forwards was with Berra having long balls lumped at him - although the day was summed up when he tried to flick one and cleared it for Leeds.....!
We miss Murphy so desperately and predictably - the fact Mick was chucking 7 figure bids around makes it so obvious he was aware of this for all the bluster since both from him, and those supporters who thought we were going to turn into a footballing side overnight despite all evidence to the contrary.
Just checked MOT status on one of my vans and it had expired, checked the rest and another 3 had or were days away from doing so, so have booked them all in. Expensive week!
Told another guy this and he checked his and both his car and his van had expired.
Told someone else I saw and there's had too.....
Why is there no reminder for this like there is car tax etc? It used to be that when you renewed car tax that it checked whether your insurance and tax was valid, now that is set up by Direct Debit it doesn't seem to?
I bet there are hundreds of thousands of cars out there where the owner doesn't realise it doesn't have a valid MOT.
We've got some talent going forwards, and felt as though he left it too long before bringing Best on - Pitman was so quiet in that 2nd half and seemed to really be struggling.
Was very similar to the Reading game when they looked really shaky at the back and almost there for the taking - Mick did make the changes yesterday and it made a huge difference - we haven't had a 10 minute spell like that since our play off season when we were just battering them.....
We defended well throughout, and Lawrence looks a good signing - was really impressed with best's 10 minutes and feel that Pitman is on borrowed time as a lone striker because that just isn't working..........and after 4 goals in a half on the opening day it has taken us 7 games (plus 1 cup game) to score our next 4.
Work to do, but it seems like all the pieces are there for a succesful season - hopefully Mick can get the combination right and the balance between defence and attack right.
We are unlikely to get a visit from the health visitor before my wife gives birth, which is standard process because the health visitors are too stretched.....
Been told that because we haven't had any problems and that English is our first language we are at the back of the queue.
All the info says it's an important part of development, but am not too fussed as pretty sure we are ok - but another example of why people are voting for Brexit in places outside London when services are stretched and immigrants are ahead of you in the queue.
Cracking result though, good to see positive changes made at half time as first half sounded dreadful.
Pitman as a lone striker with no support just isn't going to work - hopefully we won't see that again. Lawrence sounded relatively involved and good to see a clean sheet with Webster in the back 4 as we need to get him into the side.
Hopefully nothing serious with Skuse though, would be a big miss