It wasn’t quite a Mourinho back six, but our first airing on the Sky cameras this season will not have the neutrals clamouring to watch us again anytime soon.
Adjectives like ‘effective’ and ‘solid’ have encapsulated our displays and Saturday’s narrow defeat at promoted Burnley was a microcosm of just that.
But with an outside chance of the play-offs, there just didn’t seem the energy and verve of a team ready to gamble, which is was a big disappointment.
Right from when you saw we had a ‘solid’ but aging right-back in Frazer Richardson on the right wing, you sensed it was all about trying to contain Burnley and nick something, rather than trying to trying to question their desire for the points by attacking with purpose from the outset.
In the end we had chances, but let them have the better ones, and the top-six bid all seemed to end on a bit of a flat note.
Maybe, in fairness, that says something about a side who have used one of the fewest amount of players running out of steam.
But despite being well within reach of points when playing the top six sides, with the early narrow defeats at QPR and Reading springing to mind, our record reads: Won two, drew one and lost nine.
And that says that we are about where we should be, really, on the resources we have. There is a strong case to make for saying we were overachieving.
What going into the last game, at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (12.15pm), does though is gives us a chance to look at young striker Jack Marriott at this level, who has been scoring for fun further down the pyramid.
It’s a ‘kids for a quid’ game, but hopefully we will bring in the next generation on the pitch, as well as in the stands.
* David McGoldrick (16 goals) was named the Players’ Player of the Year at the club’s end of season dinner at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall on Tuesday night.