Middlesbro' home. What was the score? 1-2
Another defeat. I thought we would lose today, running out of faith in the boys at the moment. Curbs made 5 changes, Jeffers did not even make the squad apparentely. Sounded like JJ took his first team chance pretty well and Jerome Thomas was again impressive but Kishishev straight back into the starting XI after injury is a joke.
I'm wondering if the form of Thomas and his acknowledgement of Dowie's good decision to play his youngsters/reserves on Wednesday will encourage Curbs to try some of our other young prospects such as Lloyd Sam, Neil McCafferty, James Walker or Jamal Campbell Ryce or Michael Turner who are both out on loan? Stick one or two of them in or on the bench and see what they are made off. Curbs has always been too frightened to do that but mixing and matching the first team squad as he has been doing all season is clearly not working. I know I would rather see the raw enthusiam of Thomas & Walker rather than the experience but malaise of Murphy & Kishishev at the moment.
I spent the morning watching the Pompey v Man U
game in the pub. Pompey were so much better than I have seen us this season. I am beginning to get ready for a relegation battle and are hoping there are 3 worse teams than us in the division. I had desperately hoped we had grown out of that thinking but in reality we are no different from Blackburn, Southampton, Everton, Man City & Birmingham fans. What does an established Premiership team mean outside of the top 5?
Reports from those who were there: cafc.co.uk
; All Quiet
; Sporting Life
; BBC Sport