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Gillingham v Sunderland Your Report added at 18:44:28
My first posting of this new season No surprise that disappointment outweighs contententment. Not really because of lack of effort on the pitch, but a lack of quality. I am sure all our players attempted to play to their individual strengths . But it continues to be evident to the majority of paying customers and loyal supporters that our rearguard, indivdually and as a unit is simply not good enough, True Loach did well toward the end and his penalty save and then subsequent block from the talented but odious Vaughan effectively prevented another defeat But he must suffer the same nerves as we do in the stands as he sees time and again his back four struggling to cope with the oncoming oppostion. We have during the transfer window been lured into thinking all manner of newcomers were being sought and hopefully on a permanant basis but how many mentioned were defenders of any quality? And how many arrived? All last season it was obvious that we would make no signifcant progress with the defenders we had and witnessed a series of woeful defensive performances. So surely the serious and professional search for competent quality defenders should have been paramount and shoud have been successfullya accomplished well before the season started , let alone during this rdiculous madcap "beat the transfer deadline week". Here lies my continuing and deepest worry about the management of this club. Time and again PJ bemoans the teams inability to hold on to leads , to leak poor goals, to be naive in the last third. Well you PJ have had more than enough time to have achieved proper and long lasting remedies for those failures, in existence from your arrival 18 months ago. But instead during that time we have witnessed a procession of failed signings and loans and it feels like for every step forward we take two back. As pleasing as it was to witness an excellent debut today by Paul Taylor and see some touches of class from Luongo and Chopra, everyone in the viewing gallery has the major concern that for every two goals ITFC may (and will) score they are likey to concede three. Be it via the impending loan window, or the January transfer opportunity please please strengthen that defence and improve the coaching of all players in the aspect of retaining a lead at home with only 10 minutes remaining . Huddersfield are a competent team but nowhere near the best in the division but today may well have left PR with all 3 points. I believe that the ever recurring question is still legitimate to be asked.."Are we truthfully any better than the day Jim Magilton was asked to vacte his position?"... Lets hope that come the end of this season we can unanimously say yes.... but I doubt we will with what we currently have...
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