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Tricky Trees are not getting the rub of the green

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This summer I was fortunate, or otherwise, enough to be sat on a scorching hot beach getting regular updates from family and friends reporting of inconsistent performances – outstanding one half, need to do better the other.

Television viewers will have witnessed a performance on Saturday evening, away to Hull, that some may say, mirrors that view of our season to date.

In the first half we did sufficiently well to keep out the side that came down from the Premier League last season. I think it’s fair to say that, in the second half, there was only ever one team that were going to go on and win the game.

With the exception of Norwich at home we deserve more from our efforts to date – only a wonder performance from the Millwall goalkeeper prevented us from three points last weekend.

A victory away from home at Preston (our first in any competition for so many months) gave us the belief that we can move forward.

Would we have taken a point away at the KC Stadium before 5.15? Of course we would but there is a part of me that feels disappointed née dejected that we did not come away with more.

How many football fans see the game through our own rose tinted spectacles?

I am sure there are others, in their multitudes, who disagree with this perspective.

Then that’s football isn’t it, and that’s why we follow our team across the country to far flung corners (especially if you’re a fan of Torquay, Carlisle, Plymouth etc) of the country to celebrate a point; to bemoan the points that slipped away.

Since Billy Davies’ arrival last season there has been one question that has confused me. On the right hand side we play a left footed player; on the left hand side we play a right footed player.

Crosses that come in from the wings are moving into the keeper and are almost always slowed down by wingers needing to check back and cut inside.

Millwall caused us problems by their centre forward getting in great quality headers but it was the crosses that made this possible. Crosses at pace that meant the striker needed only to steer the header goalwards.

In Dexter Blackstock we have a striker capable of heading a ball yet we fail to provide the crosses he needs. I am still left wondering why and, as a coach myself, I am still seeking the justification.

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