No time to judge but pressure builds

Diego PoyetIt wasn’t the end of the world and in the cold light of day there were plusses from last night’s defeat.

The guy described as a gamble – Diafra Sakho – looked a real bargain but Enner Valencia will clearly need time to adjust.

Diego Poyet looked very good and Reece Burke is highly promising whilst Winston simply wasn’t Winston. We’ll allow him that one given his wonderful record with us.

Ravel was simply Ravel and we do need more from him if he’s to become a permanent fixture in the team. Err, he also faces his day in a Manchester court tomorrow.

However, from the manager’s point of view this defeat was a serious worry given his brief at the start of the summer.

Much has been made on the League position where a top ten finish is almost being demanded but let’s not forget that a good Cup run was included on the same agenda.

One down and one to go. No judgments here but the first chance has gone and that in itself increases the pressure very early in the season.

The owners have spent a lot of cash and are looking for a return somewhere down the line – the defeat will have focused minds in the boardroom for this is a money game

Last night’s stats show that against League One opposition we had 23 shots and 10 on target with one goal to show for it. The problem doesn’t go away.

However, this was a team playing together for the first time so we must be realistic and temper expectations. Having said that we should have won.

Saturday’s game against Southampton will provide a much better indicator as to where we are. Saints have one point. We have three and given the nature of things a great deal will be read into the performance and result.

So let’s wait and always remember …..we are not in Manchester United’s position are we?


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