It was probably indicative of the shock we all had on Saturday afternoon that our goalkeeper Karl Darlow won the Man of the Match poll for Saturday’s game, in which we lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in what was a shocking result and a poor performance.
In a game against the 3rd bottom of the league side – technically maybe our easiest league game this season – we were beaten because too many of our players didn’t turn up for the game.
We cannot have that happen many times at all this season with other teams like Brighton and Reading continuing to win their games.
Karl Darlow – improving all the time
Karl has been very good for us and could even end up as the number one goalkeeper at the end of the season.
His strengths are his consistency and all around ability, plus the fact he turns up for every game.
The 26 year-old has improved considerably since joining the first team squad from Nottingham Forest 17 months ago.
Next in the voting are Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin who all had solid games.
But players who disappointed on Saturday included Chancel Mbemba, Christian Atsu, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez, who simply must improve his consistency this season.
He was missing in action on Saturday and at the bottom of our poll.
Those four players did their first team chances little good with their below-par performances on Saturday.