Not many feelings can compare to the excitement and unbridled optimism that a new season brings, and while we’re still hopeful of obtaining promotion to the Premier League at the end of the campaign, there is still work to be done.
Firstly, it’s vital to stress the importance of not being overly critical, the league season is only four games old, and it would be hideously absurd and illogical to assess our hopes of success solely on four games.
Nonetheless, the four games have provided an early insight into the squad’s strengths and weaknesses, and it’s evident that our defensive solidity must improve if we’re to compete at the summit of the Championship table.
In four league games, we have conceded four goals – an average of a goal every game. This wouldn’t be a significant concern if our attack were in more magnificent form but having only amassed five goals in those four games, it’s vital that we begin to address our deficiencies as we seek a promotion charge.
So far, we’ve been particularly weak at negating opposition wingers, and we have been especially frail on the left flank. We have also established an unwanted tendency of conceding free-kicks in dangerous areas, which have resulted in greater defensive pressure.
While we have remained dogged and determined, and have been unbeaten in our opening fixtures, it’s unlikely that we’ll be granted the same fortune over forthcoming weeks. Accordingly, it’s of irrefutable significance that we deal with our defensive woes early, so that we can assemble a serious charge for promotion to the Premier League.
There is a feeling, one that has brewed since our transfer activity, that this year could be the year that we conclude our wait to return to the pinnacle of English Football. We must ensure that we give ourselves the best possible chance of realising that ambition.
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