Another game day, another disappointment. But I wasn’t surprised. Were you?
We are a great advertisement for purveyors of certain chocolates. You know the ones with a soft centre. They look good but there’s nothing to get your teeth into, just that soft centre.
But I did feel sorry for Jaden Warner. On his home debut, he deserved better than to be ‘supported’ by full-backs who are decent going forward but can’t defend for toffee, and a centre-back partner who has made it very obvious why Fulham let him go.
A good team should be better than the sum of its individual parts, and in the last decade we’ve had that twice – the first time under Paul Lambert and then under Daniel Farke – but now we have a team that on paper should be pushing for a top six position. Unfortunately, they have to play on grass.
I asked the other guys who make up Martin’s Posse, for some thoughts and Alex B put this up for consideration.
“After 60 years of following City, it really seems after Sunday’s loss to Blackburn that we are at our lowest ebb in terms of both confidence and ability.
“Chris Sutton pointed out that Neil Adams was the interim sporting director, yet there’s nothing from the club.
“Webber wasn’t at the game (he was in Brazil apparently – Ed), and nothing about Wagner’s position being reviewed.
“Too little, too late. A comedy of errors left us three goals down. A Sara consolation, and a coach looking so far out of his depth. Something needs to happen soon”.
As Alex mentions, it was good to have Chris Sutton as the expert on the Sky commentary as he doesn’t suffer fools gladly. His comments after an hour were damning:
“Some of the Norwich guys are just going through the motions, especially when Blackburn have the ball. Too many outfield players not performing when the opposition have the ball”.
Gabriel Sara and Marcelino Nunez, both got a mention.
While agreeing with Sutton, it’s painfully obvious that this team needs a player in the mould of AlexTettey or Oliver Skipp. A good, solid defensive central midfielder would at least stop us from having that soft centre so beloved by opposition strike forces.
Let’s face it, how many times in the last ten games have two or three passes cut us wide open and led to a goal?
Blackburn comfortably did a job on Norwich on Sunday without their two first-choice centre-backs and without their only senior striker, who are all injured. And let’s not forget that on 54 minutes they became a ten-man team.
But still City couldn’t score until added on time. For me, there was not enough getting down the flanks and popping in crosses, and too much passing through the middle.
Placheta tried but there was no one in the middle to convert crosses. Yet still there was no place for Adam Idah. Okay, he’s not having a great season but when you are three down at home, is it not even worth considering another big unit up front especially when the opposition are down to ten?
Ah well, only Cardiff to go before the international break. The club has some very big questions to ask and decisions to make over the next two weeks. Very big.
We know Marty will approve of this…