Following on from the dreadful home defeat against Huddersfield we have since lost 3 tricky away games in Blackburn, Palace and Cardiff to complete a rather depressingly winless September.
Thankfully our surprise good start to the season means the points haul achieved in August leaves us wedged between mid table and a loss apart from being dragged into the early relegation battle.
I'd rather have a dip in form this early in the season, as we have seen in the last few Championship season you can raise your game and results sufficiently in the third quarter of the season to ensure a nervy free finish to the campaign.
A bit of an unambitious outlook you may think, but it is what it is. We are two or three players short of a competitive squad, and when we have more than one senior injured or rested it is and has shown to be too much to ask the youngsters to completely step up. Not their fault as individuals, they just don't have the game time and experience to really steady proceedings at Championship level. (Just look at what a positive impact Callum Harriot has had since stepping down a division to become a key player for Colchester United).
We go into October in need of a couple of decent results to help us keep some daylight between the bottom third of the table and ourselves.
Starting with a tricky Sunday midday kick off home game (annoying???) versus a Fulham team who finally seem to be finding their collective feet in The Championship. It will be a big ask, what with our Sky TV record, but this along with the home games against Preston and Brentford are the three we really need to be targeting for 6-7 points from in October. Of course if the boys do put in a shift and come away with a good performance and more importantly 3 points we then have to suffer the momentum sapping interruption of an international break before we travel to Reading for our next game.
With the old negativity and anti RD/sack Luzon brigade rediscovering their voices, October looks like being a potential rocky ride for the team.