Last night’s defeat by Brentford made it two unsatisfactory performances on the trot. Last night’s was all the more galling as the West London bragging rights were conceded rather gutlessly. We took a somewhat undeserved lead after a frenetic first half but the Bees pulled one back and scored the winner in extra time. Our best player by some distance was keeper Bettanelli.
Once again we did not look up to the physical demands of the division and two of our best players on reputation who have captianed their country, Bryan Ruiz and Scott Parker, made little impact. As ever the defence was leaky and though Brighton do not score many goals those that they do come from their defenders at set pieces … and we will not have Dan Burn to combat the aerial threat.
The defenders of Kit will argue that he inherited a poor team and has revived morale. Others -and I am in that camp – had a concern that after an initial bounce we would plateau. Now there is talk of Alan Curbishley coming back again. If he does hopefully his job description will be more precise than last time but I am no fan of the football director. If Kit is not good enough for the post he should not be appointed. There is also criticism of him retaining his Wales number two role. The international break is a useful time to work on tactics and familiarise yourself with the squad, harder to do if you are with a different team.
Kit still presents a likeable smiling front and we all want him to succeed but we need to see more heart from his team.