But will it be enough…?
Judging by the general reaction from yesterday, we have either earned a valuable point in our quest for survival, or we’ve dropped two and are still staring down the abyss of League Two next season.
Truth be told, it’s a bit of both.
By all accounts, we’re pretty fortunate to have left the Ricoh without losing. True, we battled hard, but we were helped by Coventry being almost as shit in front of goal as we are.
I said “almost”.
But taking the lead after a minute and then attempting to hold onto it for the remaining 89 or so is never a good idea, and when they equalised it was a bit fearing the worst.
A draw it is though, and that might end up proving the difference come May. And yes, I know it doesn’t always work like that…
Right now, points really do mean prizes. We’re still five points (six with the goal difference) off safety, but there’s a number of teams above Brizzle Rovers that certainly will be dragged into it if they lose form.
And it really does take two decent weekends results-wise to claw ourselves back into contention.
We have to get those victories, of course, and yesterday highlighted (or reaffirmed) part of the reason why we’re in so much shit at the moment – we must have the most unreliable set of strikers in the division.
Although we went ahead, we effectively started with no forwards yesterday. And Jervis doesn’t really count.
Piggy and Connolly were on the bench, and were not in a position to start the game. They came on, but it sounded like they didn’t have enough time to make much of a difference.
Appiah’s been on decent enough form, but presumably he farted during the week and pulled his hamstring. Unless somebody has come in for him, though I’m more inclined to believe the former.
As for Hanson…. well, it’s nice to know he’s reportedly picking up a good wage for being available once every two months.
Ardley really was conned, wasn’t he?
So one striker who’s just got here, another one just back from injury and who we’ll doubtless have to (over) rely on. One sicknote who goes missing once he’s played three games, and another one who doesn’t even give us that.
And a loanee who is so ill-regarded that when he started yesterday and scored, people still refused to believe he counted as a striker.
We’re in January, and we now urgently need a striker that isn’t going to go onto the treatment table as soon as he gets here. If it means shelling out an extra £10k, or £20k, or even £30k, so be it.
A lot of damage has been done as it is without suddenly deciding the spreadsheets need to balance to 0.001%.
Will it be too late if we leave it right until the last minute to get anyone in? Not quite, and we are at least not losing these types of fixtures now. But WAG can only do so much with what they’ve got…