The Donny game brought another very disappointing defeat despite an improved performance - it was probably that improvement that saved DJ, writes Steve Walmsley.
The improvement has to be seen in the context of previous woeful performances at home and only one win in 14 competitive games overall.
The back four looked a bit better for Roger Johnson’s organising and the midfield benefited from Stephen McPhail’s passing, but we rarely got behind the Donny back four, most of the crosses were from too far out and therefore easy for Rob Jones to defend and their keeper didn’t have to do a lot.
Donny didn’t deserve to win it but I thought a draw was about fair after they played much better with a new shape in the second half. And, of course poor defending allowed James Coppinger all the time in the world to cross; Chris Kirkland didn’t deal with it and Miguel Llera let Federico Macheda get goal-side five yards out.
A defensive lapse again cost us points at Brighton with what sounded like another decent away performance - a mid-table side would be okay with two defeats and three draws away if they were able to beat Yeovil, Millwall and Donny at home.
But points dropped at S6 are driving us into a relegation battle. Our problems are clearly not away from home where we seem more suited to playing 4-5-1/4-3-3 and on the break.
But at home we just can’t threaten the opposition anywhere near enough and our propensity to leak goals always means we are on a sticky wicket.
We have another chance to try to put things right against Ipswich tomorrow, Let’s hope they bring a second-half-at-Derby performance with them!