I left London in the early hours of Wednesday for a change of scenery in Scotland which necessitated a very early night and me missing the home defeat to the mighty MK Dons. No surprise whatsoever to learn we limped to another routine defeat given the current injury list and the lack of any leadership in the side. The loss came after Jackson had stated publicly that players were playing for their futures.
Sadly, he was saying the same again on Saturday after we made in five-in-a-row at Hillsborough with the latest going-through-the-motions defeat. Another 2-0 loss making it an aggregate 8-0 over the last three matches. It really is beginning to look like Jackson has followed in Adkins' footsteps and now can't get a tune out of these players. There may be a lot wrong at the club right now and blame is being apportioned in a number of places but these players are the ones who are letting us down right now. A good number of them have burnt their boats I am afraid and Jackson needs to isolate them from his selections if he is not to risk the chop. It's got to the stage where I don't care who gets the boot the Summer because apart from a two or three of them, the rest could go as far as I'm concerned.
The team selection for Sheffield was even less inspiring than usual but largely enforced through continuing injuries or a need to rest players. It was depressing to see Gunter and Matthews in the same side and although Lavelle returned, Inniss was missing once more. Up front it was Burstow and Lee, although Stockley did finally reappear in the second-half. Meanwhile, I was in Edinburgh watching Scotland fluff their lines against the French as if to keep me in step with the disappointment in Sheffield.
Fortunately, we remain 8 points clear of the drop but there are now only four sides separating us from Morecombe. Sunderland visit on Saturday for what could be a record extending six consecutive defeats in League One. The Makems themselves had failed to win in six but they sprung a surprise 3-0 victory at second-placed Wigan on Saturday which cost me a large accumulator with Bet365.
Johnnie Jackson will be praying for more players to be back for Saturday as he desperately seeks to find a win to stop the rot. We really should be ok but we have break this run and our best chance may be the six-pointers against Gillingham, Burton and Morecombe at the Valley. Failure against those and the bell may start to toll.