Four months into the Solbakken era and the soundbites are beginning to sound suspiciously McCarthy.
Great effort. Real fighting spirit. No points.
He’ll know that apologies, platitudes and hard luck stories will do little to appease the faithful with our winless run now extending to seven demoralising matches.
Whether Christophe Berra’s dismissal midway through the first half was the correct decision (most seem to think it wasn’t), the fact still remains we allowed Watford (and Troy Deeney) to force the situation in the first place.
Ten men or eleven on the field, the same problems persist.
Stretched at the back by pace. Laboured in possession. No penetration going forward. All very concerning.
Bakary Sako remains a positive and whether or not his unlikely equaliser was down to a moment of brilliance or a terrible misjudgement from Manual Almunia, he’s always the man making something happen.
With that in mind and looking back to our previous win, against Blackburn at the start of October, perhaps we should revert to that game plan?
Pack the midfield, dominate the ball and free up our one big talent to do the damage.
If not a change in shape, then what can be done with personnel?
It’s said that players become better when they’re sitting on the sidelines and that must be true because Frank Nouble and Razak Boukari are rapidly assuming Pele-like status in my head.
I maintain that the forward should be given some involvement. If we don’t try, we’ll never know. He was amongst the substitutes today, but again unused.
Boukari did zilch prior to a stint on the treatment table, but I’ve convinced myself he’ll be the solution to our one-paced woes upon return.
Whatever the solution is, something has to change.
Ståle will be hoping it’s a change of luck.
Keeping eleven on the pitch would certainly be a start.