After a fantastic October we went into November full of confidence but well aware there was still lots of work to do.
A trip to the Second City was first up. A disappointing 2-2 draw especially after Birmingham were down to 10 men very early on. 2 points dropped. Another away trip, this tome to Forest came swiftly afterwards and again another draw. This time a point well earned.
A rare week off ensued before we welcomed local west London rivals Brentford to Adams Park. A really sluggish and poor performance and we lucky to walk away only losing 1-0.
The team had their day off taken away from them after the performance to really fire a rocket up them. We focused on our team work and our tactical awareness. It payed off MASSIVELY with a impressive 3-0 win over Huddersfield at home.
A big game at underperforming Derby County was next up. A solid 2-1 win over a team containing Wayne Rooney and our own youth product Jordan Ibe. Brilliant back to back wins after a lacklustre 3 games without a win.
The notorious hectic Festive period was upon us. Crowds full of people dressed as Santa, Bovril boiling away, frosty midweek night games and 8 games in 4 weeks. A football lovers paradise.
Sadly, we were far from paradise for the first two games of December. Back to back defeats against two strong teams put us on the back foot.
We went 1-0 up against Stoke but that seemed to wake them up and if it wasn't for a penalty save from Allsop and some other really important saves it could easy have been more.
It was the Scott Sinclair show at Deepdale as the former Celtic man tore our defence apart, scoring all 4 of their goals as we lose 4-3.
A second away trip in 4 days sees us up north again at Barnsley. A clinical performance sees an easy 3-0 victory.
A drab 0-0 draw against Coventry at home followed. with only 2 shots on target all game, this is one to forget. Sadly an Injury to Onyedinma was the only talking point. We hope he isn't out for too long.
A second trip to the south coast, our first in the league. Our last visit saw us dump Bournemouth out of the league cup. This visit saw us walk away with all 3 points.
The defence stood their ground to some serious pressure and as we have most of the season we countered brilliantly and scored 2 of our 4 shots. Bournemouth will feel hard done by, but nobody in the famous light and dark quarters will care.
The Christmas fixtures were almost over, The run in started with a drab 0-0 draw with QPR. A Boxing Day away trip to Bristol City produced more goals but was still an awful awful game. 1-1 at Ashton Gate.
Next up was a Home game against Cardiff. If I am honest we deserved more than the 2-0 defeat But that is what this level of football gives you.
Surprisingly, we dominated possession and created a fair amount of chances but couldn't put them away .
All in all, not a bad busy period. We suffered important injuries out wide with Onyedinma and Bowler which explained the lack of a win in the last 3 games.
January Transfer window coming up, I wouldn't expect any massive changes due to the budget. But we will try and dip into the loan market for some cover and if anyone special comes up I may have some cash tucked away!