Well I went along to the Riverside today as my radio commitments and duties are put back until tomorrow, for the North East derby clash Newcastle against Sunderland.
Of course I had to make the effort, not just to support the team but also my ex team mate and newly appointed manager Mogga.
Going into the game, I would have put my money on a 2-0 victory, the reason for my confidence was we were at home, up against rock bottom Bristol, and of course a new manager in place, how wrong I was.
In patches especially in the first half we played some decent stuff, created 4 or 5 good chances, scoring once, the opener was a slick move down the right hand side, involving McMahon, Taveres and Macdonald and finished off by Boyd.
Young Williams was top man in the first half, good on the eye, skillful, direct and had a great shot saved by James.
In the second half I was surprised to see Mogga changing the formation, he went from 4-3-1-2 to 4-4-2, with young Williams switching to the right wing, then left where he disappeared and didn’t receive any service. On 68 mins he was replaced by Bailey.
For me that was the wrong decision.
We ended the game playing 4-3-3 formation, we had our chances and failed to convert.
Bristols winner Marvin Elliot was unstoppable.
Bates at left back was terrible, not the boys fault or Moggas, Strachan is to blame for letting Taylor and Grounds go out on loan, 2 natural left footed players.
Taveres control, passing and movement was poor.
Thompson couldn’t pass the parcel, I will give him the benefit of the doubt as he is not match fit.
Another 3 points down the swanny, but as an attacking force we were more creative and had more chances.
Unfortunately on the day they all went abegging.
At the end of the game, I took in Moggas press conference, but unfortunately, I never heard a word he said,as the microphone and speakers were dead.It was the same scenario at the start of the season under Strachan.
I know we might be struggling financially in some quarters, but surely we can get the PA system sorted,otherwise there is no point in us holding press conferences.
If we were top of the league, the PA system might work!