It was by a whole lot. And yet we've pretty much kept faith with the same players who got us relegated.
Now I don't know if this was PL's doing or ME's with his 3 point plan to use academy players, and therefore cut costs, but, whoever is ultimately to blame, it's clearly not working.
It hasn't taken L1 teams long to figure out how to play us, get behind the ball, press the play quickly and then move through the thirds at speed.
The players aren't streetwise enough, we panic every time, and PL doesn't have a plan to counter it.
I think we'll move out more players than we bring in during January and thats likely to include Downes I'm afraid. But the statements from PL about 'togetherness', 'lots of football to be played' and 'it'll come good eventually' has terrifying hallmarks of this time last year.