A quarter of the season gone and we can now look at the league table with some kind of certitude and would you adam and eve it, we are in 2nd place. Look
Now a lot of people have suddenly become a bit pessimistic. If you believe trends then three league games without a goal is worrying. If Leeds' fans believe in trends then they may be worried also. They have hardly maintained their early season levels during the last four games either and one thing is for sure that this division is not going to be about just Leeds and Charlton, something some pundits were saying a couple of weeks ago.
For us it keeps coming back to our formation. A very pass and attack-minded 4-3-3 when we are in full flow or an uninspirational and tired looking 4-5-1 when we haven't got the enterprise or ability to break teams down or able to influence games. Yeh, yeh I know this is the 3rd Division and we should be stuffing all these teams, well no. There are some useful players and some clever managers in this league and we need to remember that.
Also if players are not 100% fit then don't play them. Wagstaff and Solly from the beginning last Saturday I think would have given us a more assured line-up. I don't want to see Parkinson get into a rut and persist with players or a formation. Teams will find us out and we'll lose the element of surprise even if nines times out of ten in footballing terms we have better players.
Undoubtedly Parkinson needs to work harder on the training field and during games (where I actually think he is weak) to conquer teams who set out to frustrate us, particularly at The Valley. But do we have an obvious forward partnership that will work or do we mentor and coach Jonjo better to play his role higher up the pitch. Whatever the solution I think the return of Semedo will help us enormously and hopefully we will see him on Saturday.