Where has it gone wrong? Has it really gone wrong? Two questions which I believe are both hard to answer at the moment.
I wrote an article earlier in the season when we were on the up saying Sam had given us a pride and a squad with fight. Do I still feel the same now? Well after seeing another appalling away performance against Villa I have to say I don’t. I was fuming after the game by the lack of effort from certain players but more incensed by the total lack of tactics or will to change things by the manager.
My twitter rant of ‘Sam out, DiCanio in’ was a knee jerk outburst because we all know that is not the answer at this stage of the season. Let’s look at the facts. Sam was tasked with getting us back to the Premier League at the first attempt. He achieved it but only just. As much as we loved our day out at Wembley, we should have finished in the top two with the squad we had. The first half of this season was fantastic.
Who will forget the 3-1 win against Chelsea? And I do think our points total will just about see us safe with a couple more wins. At the beginning of the season survival was our number one goal so again I believe Sam will have done what he has been asked to do. So that brings me to the second question I asked at the beginning and say at the moment it hasn’t all gone wrong but it could.
Our next four games Spurs, Stoke, Man United and Chelsea could see us pick up less points than a UK Eurovision song contest entrant. I leave you with less questions to ponder:
Where will we be at the end of March?
Will players like Matt Jarvis (pictured) ever get his shorts dirty?
Will we be in the relegation battle at the end of the season?
Has Sam got the tactical ability to change things if needed? I don’t think he has although I hope he proves me wrong.