I didn’t watch the game for the usual reasons.
I did listen to a small part of the commentary before half-time, where I had to listen to Norwich scoring the first goal via a wonder-strike, though.
It sounded dire, with us being slow all round.
And just after that goal, there I had to leave it.
I was hesitant to say we played well against Reading, purely for this similar reason. Reading made us look good, but I don’t particularly think we were.
We’ve been poor for the last few games; it’s as simple as that.
And then I’ve read some of the debate on here, with both sides putting very good points of view.
And I can see both sides of the argument.
For what it’s worth, I totally agree that Steve Bruce has had a very torrid time of it lately, on a personal level.
I’m very much minded, although not totally convinced, to say that even if we don’t get promoted, he should remain as our manager next season.
I 100% subscribe to the fact that he has at least stabilised us as a club.
That’s something that’s not to be taken lightly.
But at the same time, I can understand the criticism of the manager.
He’s admitted himself that he’s made mistakes and that’s a trait I very much admire. I like to think I’m good at my job, but I know full well that I’m nowhere near perfect.
Yet I don’t get paid the sort of money top footy managers do. And that’s where we have to be a lot more critical.
Hence we have to ask questions.
At the end of the day, we were performing at least as expected just after Christmas, but now things have gone totally boobs up and we’re blowing it, just when it’s most important.
That’s not the sign of a manager performing at his best, whichever way you look at things.
We simply ain’t performing as a team, at the moment.
And that quite simply comes down to the manager, regardless of how much sympathy I have for him.
That said, I think we have the play-offs pretty much in the bag.
We’re not going to lose all of our remaining games, are we?
Or are we?
Have a look at this lot and tell me which ones you’re confident of winning, given that we can’t beat middling teams, with nothing to play for.
I’m suddenly a bit worried.