Another day ticks by, and still we await the first signing. We had a fortnight between the Coventry game and the Pompey match to recruit new players, and that is now down to just two days. So, there will be no new striker to bang in the goals and no new winger to supply the ammunition, obviously.
So how does Allardyce expect to improve things exactly? Seven consecutive games have yielded a return of one goal or less and Pompey are a better side than Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday! So what new solution can we expect? How is this stuttering team going to be transformed without reinforcements? Baldock's confidence is going to be rock bottom after missing that penalty and Cole is very unlikely to score more than once in any single game. Nolan could score, but who else? The team screams out clean sheets - but at the wrong bloody end!
If Rhodes aint coming, sod it, buy somebody else. And fast. And talking fast, for the life of me I can't believe it is so difficult to identify a pacey winger with the ability to cross the ball on the run. I watched the highlights of the Posh v Sunderland game and although Ferguson's team lost, it was refreshing to see players running with the ball and leaving Premiership players in their wake. Time and again, on the Football League Show, I see no mark players skinning Championship defenders, yet we can't seem to find anybody to play on either flank. It is beyond a bloody joke!
A much greater sense of urgency is needed. Points won and lost in January will determine promotion and waiting to the last minute before we sign anybody is crassly stupid. Of the teams at the top, we have the most difficult game this weekend but there seems to be no hurry to address a situation that is bordering on a crisis. What price Doctor Evil dusting down the same old excuse on Saturday? "Failure to take our chances cost us." Oh yeah, well do something about it you dozy arse!