OK, those of you "lucky" enough to be freezing their bits off at the game last night need to update us on why we're experiencing this "blip".
The warning signs have been there for a while to be honest. We've often found it difficult to break down sides who defend in numbers, with last ditch goals being the difference between one and three points. At Southend we were a class above for large parts of the game, but had it not been for two very good saves from Moore it could have been a very different result on reflection.
Is it that when we get desperate to break down the proverbial parked bus we throw too many forward, inviting the break away? Were we lucky against teams like Northampton that they had no ambition to attack us with any great zeal but when teams are quick and prepared to throw men forward when they break, our defence is exposed - either because there short of numbers or they're just not good enough or organised enough?
Are our forward thinking wing-backs presenting a double-edged sword? Are they leaving gaps behind and neglecting their defensive duties?
Why can't we create more shots on target and when we do, why are they too often down the keeper's throat?
Will Carruthers, Hanson and O'Shea fix the problems?
Or is it that we can't handle the pressure of being in pole position? That's the proverbial banana skin after all. Here's me thinking with Bolton and Scunny not playing that we have a chance to create a gap that would only put pressure on those chasing us, but it looks like we've creaked under the pressure of being top. Perhaps we're better off Scunny overtaking us when they play their games in hand, chasing from a more comfortable position of 2nd or 3rd? After all, Scunny and Bolton will probably have a blip of their own between now and the end of the season.
Or maybe the players, like the fans, admittedly including me, have got over confident with the run of form before and after Christmas. Maybe they thought promotion was done and dusted and can't handle the shock of the realisation it's still a long way to May?
Has the prospect of competition for players had a detrimental instead of positive affect. Are players pissed off that CW has brought in potential replacements despite playing so well in most games? With O'Shea, Riley and Carruthers coming in, Fleck, Coutts and Duffy must be thinking they're being badly done by (although I think Riley is cover for Freeman and Lafferty more than the midfield positions).
Unlike last year, you look at the team and there aren't too many weak spots individually, apart from centre forward alongside Sharp perhaps. In fact there's an abundance of talent, and in all the games I've seen, live and on TV, all the players put in 100% effort. I don't subscribe to this theory of teams upping their game against us. We've been in League 1 for six years now. Yes, we have 20,000 fans in a big stadium, but surely teams also up their game against the likes of Scunny and Bolton, the latter being the real big-time scalp as they're relatively fresh out of the Championship and have more 'named' stars.
Basically, before we all start panicking, WTF is going on at BDTBL!!!!???