When I start to get a bit worried about how things are going I like to see how our results compare with the previous season. Nine games and almost a quarter of a season gone seemed like a good time to take stock of where we stand. We have seen some entertaining football so far and in many areas I think we have improved as a team but there's a big concern that we're not picking up enough points. My theory was that by looking at how well we did against the same teams last year I might draw a different picture of how well the season is going.
Comparing our results against the same teams last term we are 2 points worse off, which I guess isn't quite as bad as it seems but is still disappointing. However comparing our results against the first nine games of last season shows we are 6 points worse off. Thinking back to last October, I guess the results had been pretty good and it was probably not until Christmas that we started to really go into decline. Our results and performances from then on were appalling and culminated in Coleman's sacking. There was a definite feeling of complacency, and Sanchez needs to ensure that his team does not fail to realise our current predicament and fall into the same trap. There's no doubt our next three matches are crucial. We only managed 5 points against the promoted teams last time around and Reading did the double over us, so if we can pick up a couple of wins I'll be feeling a lot happier. I'm not sure if I've actually proved anything here but maybe there is a bit of hope after all. Then again I could just be clutching at straws.
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