Bristol City fan's view with Matthew Withers
I HAVE witnessed yet another performance where we have come out second best against a team who have not had to do too much to get the three points.
The manager doesn't seem to know his best team and, to be fair, I would struggle to pick a 'best' team at the moment based on the number of injuries at the club and also the poor form of so many players.
I would question the decision to recall Tom Heaton and the message that sends out to Dean Gerken. I actually think Heaton is the better keeper, however, Gerken has come in has done no worse than Heaton and the last thing he did was save a penalty against Birmingham on Tuesday night and yet he finds himself out of the team.
There is no doubt that we are left with little to choose from at the back and so the back four are almost picking themselves, but yet again we failed to keep a clean sheet and at times were all over the place. Charlton Athletic had three or four very good chances to make the score more emphatic.
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Yesterday being Remembrance Sunday, members of the armed services were at the ground. I apologise for not remembering the regiment. I have to say had I been McInnes I would have asked those brave men if they could do his team talk at half time. I would have had them explain what they have to do to earn their wages and make one or two of those playing in the red and white sit up and realise how privileged they are. Quite rightly, the loudest round of applause was reserved for the soldiers as opposed to those in shorts and football boots.
I like McInnes, but I wonder if he is just out of his depth and whether he still has the dressing room with him. Certainly, the players he is picking are not showing the fight needed to win games at this level. Yes, all teams need a little bit of luck, but you make your own luck through hard work and it's no coincidence that we have lost seven games in a row. Continually the right things are being said, but it's not transmitting itself to performances on the pitch. When you look at McInnes's win record it's not great and it's a little surprising that more fans have not turned against him. The booing at half-time and full-time left the manager in know doubt what many thought about his teams performance.
There were, in my view no positives to take out of the game, the defence is at sixes and sevens and the midfield has to be the poorest in the league. We are so slow on the ball and play sideways and backward. I'm staggered that the midfield deficiencies have not been addressed and I fear that in the end this will cost the manager his job.
I'm not advocating getting rid of McInnes today, but even though I am a fan of the Scot, the present situation cannot continue. Tactically, we are poor and what we are witnessing on the pitch is not good enough.