Different year, same old story.
Clearly if 2013 is to be any better than 2012, serious change is needed.
Whether a change of management is the first significant move remains unclear, but with every emphatic defeat, support for Ståle Solbakken becomes increasingly thin on the ground.
The man himself made change today, moving Foley into midfield and bringing Stearman in at the back, with the obvious intent to shut up shop.
3 goals conceded. 34% possession. 6 points above the relegation zone.
Numbers that will all test Steve Morgan’s confidence in the Scandinavian experiment with the new year sales now upon us.
If any lessons have been learned from 2012, then our chairman will recognise that now is the time for decisive action.
The choice is very simple: keep the faith or cut and run.
Back or sack.
My preference remains the former. Keep going, take the educated gamble we’ll maintain our Championship status and give the manager two further windows to make the sort of decisive change that’s required.
Many, perhaps the majority even, prefer the latter option. It’s difficult to argue with.
Certainly if luck is any sort of barometer, Ståle isn’t the man for us.
With injury still depriving the gaffer of two thirds of his summer recruitment drive, he watched on today as David Davis’ early shot crashed against the bar, before Palace’s resident Brazilian curled in two beautifully weighted free kicks either side of half-time to take the game away from us.
Not that hard-luck stories will wash in this part of town.
We’ve had a year of them already.