Well, that turned out to be a bit disappointing, didn’t it?
It’s not particularly the scoreline that bothers me, but more the manner of the defeat.
I listened to most of the second half and part of the first and the message was pretty consistent, in that we lacked any pace or effort and couldn’t raise the sort of tempo needed to win the game.
All in all, it meant that we conceded three goals that were practically gifted, because we were slack.
That simply isn’t good enough.
That sort of attitude won’t win us anything next season and more importantly, won’t be accepted by Steve Bruce, who will surely have given the players a right rocket.
It sounded like a pretty lacklustre game overall and one that suited Reading, although it was pretty open.
Even though the remaining games are pretty meaningless, it’s no excuse and we should still be going all out to win, if we’re to keep the momentum up for next season.
I can’t specifically comment, but from what I heard, it sounded to me like Mile Jedinak was the overall most involved player, in that he threatened up top while doing his usual covering at the back.
I’m somewhat surprised he wasn’t taken off, but he sounded too pivotal and was moved back into the defence for the last quarter.
Actually, I find that a little bit concerning, as we all know Jedinak isn’t at his peak anymore and we need to find some real sort of quality who can replace/back him up.
Which won’t be easy. He really is looking like a steal of a buy.
It sounded like Hourihane was pinging some great balls in from set pieces, something that sounded like our best bet for scoring.
That always worries me too.
It’s great if you make something of them, as we saw under Martin O’Neil, but as it stands, we don’t score many in that fashion. And that’s even though it was Chester who scored today.
It all says we don’t create enough from open play, which is what I believe is going to be Bruce’s biggest problem in the summer.
Yes, we have Hourihane and Lansbury, who were very decent at their previous clubs, but they aren’t doing it for us.
How long do you stick with them?
I know, that might sound harsh and I’m not in the slightest advocating that we get rid, but we have to go with players that are achieving, next season. There won’t be time for giving players chances to come into form, will there, if we’re expecting to seriously challenge?
All that said, we played a decent side, who look to have made the play-offs.
Yes, I know. We’ve spent a fortune and should be up there too.
But it doesn’t always work like that.
What we don’t want, is a repeat performance against Fulham.
A third successive loss would be pretty demoralising.
And surely see Steve Bruce going an even darker shade of Purple.
Yes, it’s all pretty meaningless now.
But there’s no excuse whatsoever for getting the flip-flops out.