Another very average result, particularly considering we should have had the game wrapped up by half time. One win in our last eight games (Tuesday counting as a draw after 90 minutes). Not good enough if we want to get out of this league.
Reinforcement definitely needed in January. With just one injury or suspension we look light up front and in the defence.
To be fair to Lambert and the team, only two defeats by mid-December is pretty good going and deserves some praise. BUT - as many other fans are saying - we're going nowhere if (a) we don't start playing for the full 90 minutes (b) if we don't drop this absurd policy of one up front (c) win some more home games,
Was not at the game but clearly some players not at the races in 2nd half. A possible explanation: PL goes AWOL before the match is ended to catch his plane to Scotland (to see the Celtic v Rangers Scottish Cup Final perhaps ?). Word gets out to the players on the pitch that the boss has tootled off. Performances drop off with immediate effect.
I am now getting tired of the same old stuff coming out of paul Lamberts mouth. Yes we are 2nd in the league . We all know that paul but we wont be for much longer playing this sh#t. We are clearly not as good as we think we are and other teams know it. I'm starting to get that mick McCarthy feeling. Playoffs at best I'm afraid.
Bearing in mind that far too many draws was the undoing of Sunderland last season this current run is a little concerning. Are we too safety first?
The fact that three draws amounts to one win and two losses over three games I think I'd prefer we went for it, attacked more, and took the chance that we may well achieve more then three points ... We are surely good enough.
It's so rare that we pour forward and bombard the opposition that I think I'd prefer the odds that we would win more then we lose.
PL can you please pick your team and formation, and stick with it, let them mould into a team. This year is becoming a joke, constant team changes, a lack of a true formation, what is wrong with you man. We are still in a promotion place because we have a far bigger squad than most of Division 1, but at the moment pretty mediocre as a team, and would not compete in The Championship. Time for you to up your game as a Manager IMO.
On the radio Mick Mills called the first half. He spotted that Coventry had 3 centre backs marking 1 forward and said that he thought we’d have midfield domination. Again he called in the second half when he spotted they’d changed systems to match ours. To hear this amateurish crap that “they started on the front foot” in the second half and that’s why the game changed is deeply worrying. Hit and hope
1. Second in the table 18 games in, 4 points from the top with a game in hand, having been in demise for 4 seasons and well placed to do 'a Sunderland' 2. Unbeaten in six 3. Drawn last three against form teams in league 4. Long term injured players have been effectively rehabilitated via squad rotation, including Keane, Huws, and Dozzell - probably some of our best players 5. Key emerging youth players are getting a real chance in El Mizouni, Dobra, Przybek 6. Our lead striker Norwood has had a groin operation, recovered, and is ready post suspension 7. Our two best young players Downes and The Wolf are playing beyond expectations 8. Today we have just put in a masterclass passing performance - albeit for only 45mins - but showing what this team and system are capable of. Building on numerous other passages of really positive play
Yes I get that it is frustrating we didn't put in THAT performance today, I get that. And to be honest I was so f@cked off after the inept and hopeless performance against Rotherham. But we just haven't followed up that horror show with another sh!t display.
Get some perspective; criticise when deserved, not because you have some pre-conceived ideas.
With the domination I’ve read about us having in the first half... do you think we would’ve made more of it had we started with 2 up top in the shape of Keane and Jackson, or was that domination gained from having more behind Keane as a lone striker?