Despite recent upturn in form from us still think we are very much out of the running in the fight to stay up. Left it too late and our goal difference really counts against us massively.
We have some winnable games coming up especially at home but you’re taking about us putting 3 match plus winning runs which doesn’t seem particularly realistic, especially with everyone else around us picking up too. Got a feeling Barnsley in particular will be the great escape artists this year.
If we had got Rea back a month or so sooner we might have had more of a chance. In terms of balance of the whole team it’s like night and day between him being in that DM role and not.
Stoke do baffle me a bit. Looking at the team and quality on that pitch, they should be doing far, far better than what they are.
They started off fast yesterday, got ahead through a niggly Sam Vokes and then had a Tom Ince shot saved by Simon Sluga. And then after that I can't remember him having another save to make.
They sat back, didn't press high, waited to try and pick us off on the counter and tried to hang on to a 1-0 lead... Pulis-esqe style of play, apart from the fact these lads haven't got the bottle. They were playing it in the corner from the 85th minute against a team with the worst defence in the division and by far a lower budget than themselves.