A crunch week for Adkins
Two weeks without a game. I kind of think it has dragged, but Adkins squad go again tomorrow when they travel to Lincoln, four places above us in the table.
This international break has followed the same pattern as the last one. A desperately needed win, followed by a conclusive home victory in the Pizza Trophy and then a wait with promises of plenty of work on the training pitch to come.
Nigel Adkins’ pre-match press conferences are becoming worse than futile. I assume other than Terry Smith, Adkins is not permitted to speak to other journo’s. Bowyer’s ‘pressers’ were often a car-crash best watched from behind the sofa, but they were box office, Adkins’ are more back office.
Adkins is very good at never answering a question, and to remind myself of what was said after Fleetwood, I had another listen to his post game opinions.
“We’re all involved, it’s an us and we’ve got to keep working hard to get ourselves out of the situation we’ve put ourselves in.”
The “it’s an us” resonated. It is a team game, and at this stage 25 different players have been used in League One games (Ipswich have used more) so no players are blameless, although a small minority get a pass.
Adkins has 26 fit players to choose from tomorrow, but please don’t change it. Just start the team that began at Fleetwood. He has no injuries and there can be no more excuses about players not being fit or settled in. It is halfway through October.
I suspect the win at Fleetwood gave him three more games, as they come thick and fast this week. Three tricky games, but each perfectly winnable.
Thomas may have more patience than the fanbase, and it’ll ultimately be the owner’s call, but I just don’t believe Adkins has the vision, faculty or is even shrewd enough in today’s game to not just turn it around but achieve what should be the sole goal of promotion.
Finally respect to the 1,400 plus Addicks who will make their way up to Sincil Bank tomorrow.