JUST when we thought it could not get any worse... The 7-1 defeat at the hands of Peterborough – making it 12 goals conceded in two games against sides in the league below last season – must rank as one of the club’s worst ever results.
It eclipses those heavy defeats to Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, sides who were packed with international stars, unlike the opposition on Saturday.
And yet we took the lead at London Road with a fantastic second goal in two games from Keith Andrews, which made it all the more unbelievable. We just simply capitulated after, just like against Southampton, except this horror show was live on television, making us a laughing stock.
There was a harsh red card for Lee Martin, but we were already 4-1 down at the point with the game lost and actually defended better with nine men - David Stockdale stopping it going into double figures. The question is, ‘where do we go from here?’
Well, some fans have been suggesting we look at a new manager, which I think is totally the wrong idea. Paul Jewell was brought in as he has a track record with promotion to the Premier League and after just six months, having just begun to integrate eight players into the mess he was left with, you cannot say he has had anywhere near enough time.
Although he got his tactics wrong against Southampton few fans would have argued that the best side available took to the field at London Road.
For this one, I blame the players, who could not get the basics right, which is just unacceptable at this level when so many people are paying good money to come and watch them. Aside from only having two fit centre-halves available, a big root of the problem, a lack of leadership is one of the most worrying signs and is surely one of the key tick boxes on Jewell’s transfer window checklist.
Mark Kenndey’s words following the fiasco were generally well received, but they left a bigger question: ‘Where was our captain when the fans needed to hear from him?’ Grant Leadbitter’s performance was one of the worst on Saturday and the midfield not picking up runners is a big factor in why our defence is being breached time and time again.
Hopefully we have some new blood for Leeds United’s visit on Saturday, but it is clear we can get far more out of what we already have. The players have never owed the fans so much, and we expect a backlash.