Blackburn Rovers 2 Charlton Athletic 0
“You can talk about it as much as you want, but we need to do it with the players we have at the moment. We need to patch them up and go to the next game.”
And we are talking about it Bob, and I think the majority of us understand how difficult it is to operate within such austere parameters, but it’s now starting to reflect badly on you.
We understand and accept, and perversely enjoy that you are new to the English game, and still learning your art, but the honeymoon period looks to have come to an end, and what we’d like to see now is strong leadership, managing down and encouraging and breathing confidence into players, but importantly managing upwards, explaining and demanding what you need to take your team forward.
Losses happen, especially in the ridiculously callous Championship, away at tough places like Ewood Park the week before Christmas, but you have to be resilient and adaptable in this league. There are too many good managers, better than you, and too many better players, better than ours, but the sum of all of the parts with spirit, determination and a plan can exceed all of that.
An encouraging mid-table finish can be a success, it will to me, but January is a pivotal month. Don’t go for half measures Bob, we deserve better, and so do you.
Around The Championship: Bournemouth showed at Blackpool what a little attacking ambition can achieve and they stay top. Ipswich go 2nd after beating Middlesbrough at home 2-0, Brentford won impressively away at Cardiff and Watford won at Steve Clarke’s Reading. Derby and Norwich shared the points, Darren Bent scored for Brighton who were pegged back by Wolves and Huddersfield lost at home to Birmingham.