Coleman said: “I thought it was a marked improvement from last week although we were found wanting in defence yet again.

I thought in the main it was a much gutsier performance because we bossed it in the second half and could have scored more”.

 

What game was that then Chris? I’m sorry, but that post-match analysis isn’t going to fly with me, sonny jim.

Contrary to any of the nonsense you may have heard from Coleman over the last couple of days, we were yet again, completely and totally outplayed. Let’s get that absolutely clear.

What makes this all the worse is that we were outplayed by a Derby team that was utter bullshine themselves, by anyone’s recognition. That’s embarrassing. At least it is for me. If Ward and Morrison’s appearance on Soccer AM is anything to go by, the players couldn’t give a monkeys.

But compound this with the fact that it was on Sky, and according to Twitter, the match was even being watched by a selection of celebs. Cricket’s David “Bumble” Lloyd being one of them, no less.

The very shame of it.

Actually coming out and saying that we “bossed it in the second half” leads me to one conclusion; Coleman has gone quite, quite mad. Over the course of the 90 minutes we managed to string 2 passes together about 3 times. The only time we looked like we might come close to even scoring again after the early goal was in the final 5 minutes when Derby for some reason felt they needed to drop deep. This of course, giving us a bit more time to boot the ball into their keeper’s hands.

Frantic, possibly. Bossing it? Never. Absolutely no chance.

Run through the team, and there were a mixture of mediocre performances scattered among a wide selection of utter tosh. I personally thought that the 2 centre-backs Barnett and Ward were the only 2 who had reasonable games. Granted, both had moments of utter lunacy (Ward’s tackles in the first half for example), but at least I also saw moments of passion, strength and rather crazily for our players, quality.

Gunnarsson, Clarke, Eastwood gave fully useless performances however. Never coming close to the level of performance they should be giving.

But if they were bad, don’t even get me started on Cork and Morrison. I’ve never seen such ineffective performances. Cork, once more playing like a frightened school kid, while Morrison did absolute bugger all throughout. I found myself wishing he’d actually given Savage a slap after Clarke was red carded, if only to get himself sent off too, and as far from the pitch as possible.

So quite where Coleman thought the “marked improvement” was, I’m struggling to see. I can only assume he forgot that the game was on TV and thought he could get away with pretending it was better than it was.

Don’t worry, I’m not really cynical enough to actually believe he’d do something like that (I am).

What I really can’t get my head around is what Coleman’s intentions for our club actually are. I’d like to know what the plan is, because 18 months he has been here, and the only impact I see on the footballing side of things is how we’re now playing very, very poorly, with players who have no desire to move the club on from the shocking level we’re currently at…

and what’s the most worrying is that he appears to be accepting (and encouraging) it.

It’s not worth my time to whine about how poorly our players keep playing any longer. But Christ almighty, it’s so difficult to find positives or even excuses for some of the performances just lately. The bar is so low and I’m very worried.

If you praise mediocrity Coleman, there’s only one thing you’re ever going to get.

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