After Blues lose at home to Preston, Andy Munro looks for a way forward.
In a footballing sense, our current form is bringing a level of pain and anguish to Bluenoses that is probably on a par with the torture overseen by the Inquisition – with Spaniard Aitor Karanka seemingly playing the role of the Chief Inquisitor.
Losing to Preston was to say the least disappointing, although if anything good comes out of this defeat, it was that the team’s overall performance probably deserved a draw or even all three points, but we were undone by the usual toothless display in the final third.
At the risk of sounding repetitive, Scott Hogan is never going to cause any stress amongst Championship defences while he’s on his ownsome. Out wide, Jeremie Bela and ivan Sanchez are wonderfully talented but flatter to deceive because of their erratic crossing ability.
In view of this shortcoming we desperately need a strong and pacey striker who doesn’t need the ball on a plate with a knife and fork. Yet it seems we are about to sign another midfielder and if there was a Guinness Book of Records entry for a Championship team with a surfeit of midfielders, we would walk away with that particular accolade.
Neil Etheridge again showed what an excellent signing he was when we got caught on the break but while the blues defence can hardly be called impregnable, only conceding one goal should have at least given us half a chance of salvaging somethingf rom the game.
Surely if we get beaten at the weekend by the Sky Blues, Karanka has to put himself and all Bluenoses out of their misery by doing the decent thing.