Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon has a sense of déjà vu after witnessing another reversal
WE’VE been here before haven’t we?
A decent opening providing early optimism before an embarrassing cup exit and a league thrashing brings us back down to earth with a bump. And then a manager coming under increasing pressure.
The sense of déjà vu continues with still scrapping around for defensive cover and coming back from Middlesbrough having played well, but not got what we deserved, with the hard luck story very much continuing against Wolves on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Luke Hyam catches the eye and gets left out of the team, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is a source of frustration, Michael Chopra’s initial golden touch has disappeared and another contract expiry fiasco is already in the offing.
All we need now is for Ibrahima Sonko to walk back through the door and someone to reveal Scott Loach isn’t actually fully ours and must go back to Watford within 24 hours.
Second-bottom of the Championship after six games has left a sense that nothing has changed.
Mediocrity reigns, if we’re lucky, and fans are left asking how long this can be left to continue without decisive action.
But while the calls for Jewell’s head are growing, I don’t think Evans will bring out the axe so soon into the campaign.
It is easy to get carried away with looking at the table now, but there is a very long way to go, though Jewell himself knows the rot has to stop soon.
I won’t defend the absurd decision for Damien Delaney to leave without any other cover in the building though (my Palace fan work colleague keeps reminding me how well he is playing, thanks for that!).
What I can agree with our manager on is we aren’t playing terrible football, I’ve seen us look at far lower ebbs than this, and we are creating chances.
But there is only so long you can keep playing well and losing before you have to take responsibility for it and that makes Charlton’s visit tomorrow a real acid test for Jewell showing us he can turn this around.
The only heroes Blues fans were cheering on the pitch on Wednesday night were our Paralympians, including bronze medallist powerlifter Zoe Newson.
The end of September last season coincided with a six-game unbeaten run, so lets hope, for the next few weeks or so, history does repeat itself.
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