Bristol City fan's view with Matthew Withers
WHAT a terrible week. We have come up against, in truth, two fairly ordinary teams, certainly in terms of their performances over the 90 minutes and yet we have performed worse than both Burnley and Hull and quite rightly ended up with nothing.
Despite yet another defeat and conceding four easily defendable goals, 12,000 fans turned up for the TV clash against Hull City. I have to say I was amazed at the manager's decision to drop Albert Adomah and Sam Baldock to the bench. Adomah has been the only continuing shining light in our recent poor form.
Baldock has to wonder what is going on. It is clear that Baldock likes to play on the shoulder of the defender and in his first couple of outings we were playing to his strengths, playing quick incisive passes in down the channels for him to run on to. Why sign a player and then not play to a style of football that will get the best out of him? A question only Derek McInnes can answer.
McInnes appeared to want to shake things up a little, but curiously decided to start with Steven Davies on the right hand side where he looked totally out of sorts. Davies had scored five in five before this game and yet McInnes saw fit not to play his top scorer in his best position.
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The manager was left with little to chose from in respect of his defence due to injuries and illness, but unfortunately there was no real change in the way they performed.
Hull City always looked in control and stretched and opened up the City back line time and time again. The opening goal was so easy for Hull. It looked impressive but was just quick movement and a City defence that didn't track the opposition and made bad choices when it came to attacking the ball. Once again Tom Heaton was hopelessly exposed. The second goal was a catastrophe, why Cole Skuse tried to chest the ball back to his keeper from where he was, was a joke.
The defence can't take all the blame, our midfield was non-existent and provided them with no support. It was the same going forward. Pearson, Skuse and Foster were poor when we didn't have the ball and even worse when we did have it. No one takes responsibility for the football and we don't look after the ball.
McInnes has said that he believes in his players and that it will take hard work to get out of the situation we are in. I'm not seeing that hard work at the moment. Few if any are giving 100 per cent and showing that they want to win for the manager. I will say it again, I do think McInnes has improved the squad, but I would question his team selection and tactics at the moment.
If the midfield don't get a grip on games and we defend as naively as we have been then we will continue to struggle.