Bristol Rovers 2 Charlton Athletic 1
As my Monday evening wore on medicated fortunately by alcohol it dawned on me that we have found our level. Those haylcon days of early season full of optimism look long gone. Now mid-season we are just, well proper 3rd Division and I am steadying myself for a bit of a stay in this godforsaken league. Depressing isn't it?
On the bright side judging by the table we're pretty decent at this level, perhaps we could have a few seasons down here challenging for the play-offs. What's wrong with that? Better than going up and being thrown into a relegation battle. Financially of course we will be screwed by a pro-longed stay.
As far as Monday's game is concerned we are truly an embarrassment when it comes to TV, and this from someone who lives abroad and begs for the slightest coverage of his team.
It was another X rated performance bereft of a game plan, inspiring tactics or any initiative to win the game. If it wasn't for Robbie Elliot I could have switched off at half-time safe in the knowledge that we would be thrashed. The fact that with a bit of undeserved luck we may have again snatched a late point makes our current plight all the more galling when one consider the position we had got ourseves into before the new year and Leeds' own current form.
One other point I want to record about Monday was the absolutely disgusting foul on Basey that could have ruined his career. Blizzard should have gone but equally it is moments like that in matches that should give us the inspiration to go on and win games, but we have forgotten how to do that.
I will see for myself on Saturday just how rubbish we have become when I will take my seat for the Yeovil game. We are a team low on confidence and a cutting edge and I am getting more and more concerned about Parkinson's ability to turn it around. Surely he must see that we need to revert to basics and Plan A, i.e. 4-5-1.
Burton has retreated within himself since Mooney and Akpo have joined. Give him the lone role once again with a plan to pass through to him as opposed to the current default position of lumping it forward. The defence with Dailly looking tired and Sodje clumsy needs the outer ring of Semedo returned to it for added protection. Racon and especially Bailey can return to worrying about their own game and Sam needs a rocket up his arse.
I'm still looking forward to going on Saturday and even though I have adjusted my ambitions we still have everything to play for and while I fully understand those of you that traipse around the country losing heart we all need to take a deep breath because we still have every chance because in a swamp of ugly ducklings we still have the appearance of a swan.
I'm looking for a response and some tough love from Parkinson and the players on Saturday.