Well... It seems that for the first time in our short history we've come to a crossroads where something seriously needs to change.
Firstly, Peaksy has been great for us and I don't doubt his commitment to the club, and I don't doubt that he'll be hurting as much as the rest of us this evening. I think he genuinely loves the club, but something is seriously wrong right now and it can't continue.
Today was terrible, and last week, although thankfully I wasn't there, was unforgivable, but this has been going on far too long. I think the last two results have definitely served to ignite the frustrations, but our form for the majority of this season has been underwhelming.
Totally understand that our budget isn't the greatest, but we've got the core of a decent squad that should be competing much better than we currently are. The majority are the same squad as last season, who did well in this league, but I think our additions have been poor. For me, Slinn has been a good addition, and Acquaye, who is without doubt our best chance of turning a game, could be regarded as a new signing given his lack of involvement last year, but beyond that I don't think there's anybody else who has come in who strengthens us. NGT looked decent in his first couple of games, but his end product is poor and plays as though he already knows his place in the lineup is safe.
Up front, we've got real problems. Tom's form hasn't been great, but I'd have him starting every time given what we've got. I feel sorry for Dove, as he works hard, and I can't fault his commitment, but I just don't see him as good enough for this level. The other trouble we have is that him and Tom are too similar, both big top men, but neither bigger than most of the centre backs in this league, so we win very little in the air. We need one of them up top with somebody to run off them, somebody with some pace who can threaten a defence by running at them. Jack Bowen definitely isn't that guy, we'd be better off playing with 10 men!! The fact that a teenager who turned up yesterday was today's MOM is a pretty damning verdict on our ability right now.
These players cost money, and I know our budget isn't the greatest, but when we whimper out of the FA Cup (a decent source of revenue) in the way that we did, then we're not helping ourselves. The game against Enfield we should have won, but when we went a goal down, Peaks made 3 like for like substitutions that were never going to enhance our chances of scoring, and I think this has been his biggest downfall. He never seems to be able to change a game when it's going against us. His subs, when he eventually makes them, are never effective. Today there should have been a change as soon as the first goal was scored. Dove was never going to get anything playing on his own against three big defenders, but Peaksy waited until 10 minutes after their second before doing anything. Coalville had already brought on more defensive players by the time we started looking to change to something more attack minded.
It definitely seems that Lamby leaving has had a big effect on the squad, and perhaps the team played more for him than they did Peaks. If that's the case, then I'd say the writing has to be on the wall. I'd love to see him turn it round, because he's given us so much, but I think he needs a result on Tuesday to stand any chance of keeping any of the fanbase onside, and I've got a sneaking suspicion that that little shit Rhys Hoenes is going to absolutely carve us to bits.