It’s pretty typical of ‘Boro teams that having hauled themselves into a decent position with four wins out of five they suddenly – according to Garry Monk anyway – lose concentration and put in a couple of really bad performances to totally undo the good work that had already been done.
Hopefully, we can pull it back round again and be sitting nearer a play-off position. That, I’m pretty sure, is the best we can now look forward to having seen both Wolves and Cardiff consistently churn out excellent results to be the two that – even at this relatively early stage – seem to have almost certainly cemented their return to the top flight.
The forthcoming seasonal programme gives us games at home to Ipswich, Bolton and Villa and away to Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston and I would suggest that to enter the New Year in a reasonable position would demand an average of three points at home and one point away from those fixtures.
That would obviously give us 12 points and depending on results around us could well see us in those play off positions. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be that easy as none of those games can be classed as a ‘gimme’ – even Bolton as they have picked up a bit since we demolished them earlier in the season.
It’s all going to be about taking the chances and it has to be said that while we have fabricated a number of those over the first half of the season they have been consistently squandered. And although he’s done reasonably well in terms of goals scored that also includes Britt Assombalonga who could really have over 20 to his name already had he been able to put away even a small percentage of the chances he’s actually missed.
That the natives are getting a bit restless is becoming very apparent, with social media full of opinions on Garry Monk and his failure so far to live up to the Chairman’s promise that we would ‘smash the league.’ He was definitely given the necessary financial backing so doesn’t really have any excuses for the team failing to live up to everybody’s hopes and expectations.
But football is a funny old game and you never quite know what’s around the corner so all we can do is keep hoping and keep giving the team the kind of support that is widely acknowledged as being among the best in the league.
With a lot of luck and a bit more concentration we might still be having the happy new year we all crave.
We sincerely hope you do!