That 96 minutes summed up our last few months. Mistakes which get punished and a real lack of cutting edge from any of our forward players. Somethings been missing for about two months now, hoping Martin's return to fitness will change it all up because we look a completely different team. Once again, we did ok over the game but can't have any complaints with the result. Nothing between us and Watford just like the games against Norwich, Boro, Wolves etc. Frustrating/disappointing.
We made far less mistakes in the first half of the season when we had a settled back four, so you can't absolve McClaren from blame here. The chopping and changing that has occured since January has been ridiculous. Injuries can't be helped obviously as has been the case with Buxton, but they often haven't been.
What a result, after Inces goal I thought we were going to lose by 3 or 4,
I'd say we where the better side 11 v 11, Derby obviously had more chances in the 2nd half but I would still say we were good value for the point.
Derby on the other hand seem a completely different team to the own that dominated large portions of our game at the. Vic earlier this season.
I don't think you can blame McClaren too much, if it was Shotton/Keogh/Albentosa every week that were messing up then maybe I'd think differently. The injury to Buxton hasn't helped either. It's Christie and Forsyth who are two players (one especially) that have played almost every game. 2 situations, just like the Wolves/Boro games where under no pressure at all they give the ball away and 15 seconds later we're a goal behind. That first goal last night was an absolute joke, talk about capitulation.
My hope is that we can't keep making individual mistakes forever, they surely have to stop. When they stop, we'll start picking up, until then we won't.
I think McClaren got it right with Shotton at CB last night, just a shame his wing backs let him down. He's got a tough decision Monday. Do we risk more chopping and changing with Shotton>Christie & Warnock>Forsyth or do we stick with the faltering players?