With two people in charge that shouldn't have really been in charge, Lee Turner and Andy Hughes had an oppertunity to really shake things up. It was an oppertunity that they should have taken, but did not.
We saw Mark Davies, Chung-Yong Lee & Neil Danns come into the side, with Jermaine Beckford coming in to partner Craig Davies up front. I was really hoping to see some fresh legs come in with the likes of Rob Hall, Josh Vela, Max Clayton, but it was not to be. Playing Jermaine Beckford is pointless, and playing Danns on the wing is pointless, even if it was on the opposite wing.
Whoever comes in should bring Chris Eagles back. He was unfairly pushed out of the side and is a player that causes defences problems.
To give it a good go, we needed to score early on. Even though we started extremely brightly with Craig Davies forcing a save within the first minute, we failed to capitalise on the pressure and turn it into a goal, which is a common theme for the season.
It was a fairly balanced first half with both teams having their chances although we almost went 1-0 down if it wasn't for Mark Davies clearing a dangerous free kick with a header. Speaking of Mark Davies, if he is injured it's probably the best time as we head into an international break, so hopefully it won't do us much damage.
I thought luck may have been with us when Yann Kermorgrant got sent off for AFC Bournemouth towards the end of the first half, but we went in at 0-0 and things weren't looking too bad, almost... positive.
Then the second half started, and we natrually conceded. Although it wasn't because we were playing particulary badly, we switched off for a split second and silly mistakes like this are costing us goals. The new manager really has to assess our lack of focus and concentration, it's costing us dearly.
Somehow going 1-0 down spurred us on which lead to our best spell during the match. We pushed forward well and played some nice football. Rounded off nicely with a strike (albeit deflected) from Jay Spearing to draw us level. He didn't play half badly today, personally I am desperate for him to return to his loan spell form.
Cue then a classic Jermaine Beckford golden oppertunity to score, which he did not take. Part of me believes that if this was one of the strikers that was sat warming the bench, it may have been a different story and we could have been 2-1 up.
I really thought that we would go on to win due to the fact we were playing well against 10 men, but we decided to switch off again, allowing Callum Wilson to stride through our defence for a second time to send us 2-1 down.
Heads fell slightly after this. However the appearance of Clayton from the bench gave me some hope for the future as he looked extremely bright. I look forward to seeing him progress in the side in the future, because I think he could be the answer to out striker problems. I think you could pair him with either Craig Davies or Joe Mason.
As always, all hands were on deck in the dying minutes, but the Whites failed to make anything of it, and the game finished 2-1, leaving us bottom of the Championship table. Grim.
We need some spirit and passion, not to mention confidence, whoever comes in has an extremely tough job, but has to address these things first. He should also bring Hall and Vela back into the fold.
We head into an international break now and I think it might benefit the club and stabalise it slightly. I imagine Gartside will use this time to appoint a new manager.
Let's hope it's the right one.