I was thinking that the international break would bring a few days of escape, a chance to forget the woeful predicament we have managed to get ourselves in. But; rather than enjoying Roy & Rays England, I have been torturing myself with the prospect of having to sit through our ‘six-pointer’ at home to MK Dons on Saturday.
My head tells me that our quality always shines through against the poorer teams, but we all watched the Bristol City game, so there is every chance it could happen again. Apparently Shahid Khan was over recently to speak with the team, but forgive me for doubting the impact his presence may have on proceedings, if anything it may only prove a distraction to Slavisa Jokanovic, who I am still struggling to hold accountable for the current woes.
I could speculate around who should and shouldn’t play on Saturday, but we all know that with Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele, plus any three midfielders, we will have enough to score a few at one end. It just depends on whether the three centre-backs we pick, and to a lesser extent the wing backs (step forward Luke Garbutt), can make it through 90 minutes without making a very basic defensive mistake, or three!
If I were trying to put a positive spin on the situation, then I would say that these remaining games will at least allow Jokanovic to assess who does and doesn’t have a future here beyond the end of the season.
In reality though we just need those key players to deliver and the rest to do the basics right, because there are some areas that need strengthening, whatever the performances in the last few games and were it not for the transfer embargo, they wouldn’t be starting in the first place.
Saturday will certainly not be a turning point in the season as we are way beyond that. As fans, all we can do now is focus on creating that special atmosphere which makes Craven Cottage unique and get behind the boys and hope they do the job.
We can continue to point fingers and question how we managed to find ourselves in such a position in the first place, but our unwavering support is the only positive we can offer at this stage of the season. The vast majority of the teams around us have known that they have been in a relegation scrap for a while and this has been reflected in the upturn in results for many of late.
While the international break may not have proved a relaxing period for many supporters, it has hopefully provided time for the team to address the fact that this season is not just going to go away and a few solid performances are needed to get us over the line.
Here’s to holding our breath and hoping that we do what is needed on Saturday.