Big and possibly season defining test over xmas and new year, with the injuries we've got and the teams we have to play it is difficult to remain optimistic. As it stands can't see us getting much joy bar moments of individual brilliance from Olise and possibly Ejaria.
Norwich (H): L Brentford (A): L Luton (H): W Swansea (A): L Huddersfield (A): D Brentford (H): D
I'd happily take 5 or 6 points tbh. Keeps us in touch, even if we drop out of the top 6. With players returning and some shrewd strengthening in January, I'd back us to regain the ground.
Key sheets key. As against QPR, a single bit of brilliance from Olise or Ejaria, or a Morrison header from a corner, can win us games if we don't concede. But I can't see us getting 2 or 3 goals to win matches with the players we have missing.
We're at the half way stage after the next 5 games and on the basis 73/75 points is usually enough to make the play offs (sometimes low 70's enough) , and we already have 33, 4 to 5 points would keep us on track
I was encouraged by the QPR game with our defensive side considering the injuries had forced us to play near enough the same team that lost 4 on the bounce and conceded far too many, helps that Moore isn't injured this time of course but bar a Holmes mistake that almost resulted in a QPR goal, I can't recall them threatening.
Do that and we'll nick some results during this tough period. Hopefully with some match training we'll be much better set up with Baldock leading the line, we probably didn't have much time to prepare for both Joao and Meite being out.
Hopefully Swift will be back in a couple of weeks. Will make a usefull sub. Let's hope there's a couple of additions to the squad planned for January. As we need back-up / alternative options on the bench. Neither Rino nor Laurent has missed a game yet. Major concern if one of them goes missing. Or Moore does his shoulder again.