DJ’s reign finally and rightly came to an end last weekend, Paul Wilkinson went with him and Bully stepped up to support Stuart Gray. That brought team changes and a healthy change in attitude for the Leicester game, writes Steve Walmsley.
What we wanted to see above all was a fighting performance and we got it in bucketloads. Despite conceding a poor early goal, the team did not drop their heads and they pushed on to force Leicester back. The rousing reception at half-time was fully deserved.
The second half was mostly a rearguard action but the players worked so hard to hang on to the win. They all played their part but I would particularly pick out Loovens for a fine and calm organising contribution at the back, Coke, Lee and Maghoma worked their socks off in midfield and Wickham was excellent throughout.
It was a win to lift the spirits. The rest of the week has been dominated by the debate on who the new manager might be, with a particular focus on the merits or otherwise of Neil Warnock’s candidacy.
We are unlikely to get Holloway so I would prefer Pressley or Rosler rather than someone from the questionable Championship managerial merry-go-ound.
But MM’s wider issues with the future of the club may mean that a short-term appointment until May may be his favourite option. That’s where Mr Warnock comes in.
My heart says no but my head understands why it might be a logical appointment; I would rather not see it but we need to avoid relegation to League One again.
Of course it could all be a smokescreen behind which MM carries out the real search, and we know that Warnock loves a good wind-up!
In the meantime, a repeat of the Tuesday performance against Forest would be fantastic.