I hate the phone and only make a call when absolutely necessary. But I hate getting unexpected work calls even more, because they distract me from whatever I'm doing. If somebody wants to talk about work, I much prefer an email first and then we can fix a mutually convenient time.
The thing is, I don’t think Silva creates enough. He always looks busy and neat but for me is more of a water carrier sort of player. It didn’t work when Lamouchi played him just in front of the defence earlier in the season, but it might be worth another go now he’s more settled in the side, with somebody else in the number 10 role. Carvalho? It would be good to bring in a winger who can be part of our first choice team. I like Ameobi but he’s not a starter in my book, and Adomah has had it.
I thought we were pretty good last night. Worked hard, showed patience (as did the fans, by and large) and got the reward with the goal. Simplistic, I know, but the problem with conceding daft late goals wouldn't be so acute if we actually scored more to begin with. We created very little last night and didn't work their keeper more than once or twice. I can't see what difference a new striker like Murray or anybody else will make if we aren't putting the ball into the right places for him. I know a lot of people praise Silva, but I think he needs to do a lot more: he never scores, rarely makes defence-splitting passes and too often opts for the backwards or sideways pass. Playing where he does in a successful side, you'd expect him to have half a dozen league goals in the bag, not zero.
I'm trying to convince myself that whatever happens, it's important to remember that it's only three points at stake today and that other games (Leeds etc) are more important. Been here before (Huddersfield game in particular) and it didn't end well. Patience, patience, patience from all is required - fans as well as players. Hope we come out fast and strong this evening. I expect a draw. 1-1 again, Grabban with the goal.
Sooner or later we have to put in a convincing performance at home. This may as well be it. 4-0 to us, with two for Lolley and one each for Grabban and Own Goal.
Not too far off. I thought we did well second half, but we need to start much better. It’s becoming a bit of a habit at home. Top marks to Lolley of course, but also Watson, Silva and Ribeiro who all played well. Roll on Wednesday. Hope Figueiredo is fit.