Independence Day somewhere. And probably the best chance of escaping relegation is if those aliens on the Moon decide that it's a good day to attack. What expectations do we have ? None. What hope is there ? None. What chance do we have of winning ? None. It will take a miracle to get something here to be perfectly frank. Given it takes the team 45 minutes to wake up each match (are they really professionals ?) and they only decide that it's worth attacking for 20 minutes after the break after having been roasted by Pearson before settling back into sloth like levels of mobility and awareness. There is no doubt something is rotten behind the scenes again. Gray's behaviour is one sign but the attitude of some others notably Capoue is another. To my mind NP should have been given a long term contract instead of an extension. That at least might fix some of the squads minds who seem to be on holiday still. Last week could have seen us comfortable with games coming up against Newcastle, Norwich and West Ham that are eminently winnable. Now they will be like the death struggles in the amphitheatre and given the lack of fibre this team has displayed for the fight we could well lose those as well. Had we been playing well we might even have considered a point away in both trips to London given that those teams were displaying signs of rust that now seem vanished. The home game against Abu Dhabi well we might as well play 10 on the goal line. The best we can expect is not to get hammered by ten the way they and we are playing. Sorry if this makes grim reading but having watched the worst most inept 45 minutes yesterday in years I cannot find any positivity. The only two players who have really tried to bust a gut and showed real fight have been Hughes and Sarr. They look disappointed when they have not managed to connect, missed a chance or failed to get something right. The rest seem to shrug their shoulders have a giggle or just sulk back. There is no anger. No recriminations. No organizing. Deeney looks like a spent force after having had the arrogance to think obtaining match fitness is a matter of turning up on the day. They all look woefully under prepared physically and mentally. How else do you explain not having had the ability to carry the game to Burnley with far more rest ? NP also has to carry the can. Poor tactics initially against Burnley. Then not having the bravery to get rid of Deeney. We are so predictable in our method of attack. Ninety nine times out of a hundred the ball is lost and possession is surrendered. Possession surely at this stage of the season should be nine tenths of the law. At least if we kept the ball we could minimize the opposition scoring. However we were doling it out the other day like wreckers discovering liquor on the shore. Have it, have some more. There's plenty more to go around. We badly miss Deulofeu partnering Sarr. So the aim should be to bring the same pace out wide. Pussetto/Pedro then. Welbeck in the middle. He will make runs. Albeit not a prolific scorer his best work is in creating space for others and intelligent off the ball play. And if need be play Doucoure closer as a second striker. Unusual perhaps but at least with those four across the front our press might work better too. Not to mention having at least 2 to aim for in the box rather than no one would also be a boon to Sarr. And surely Shakey can speak to the lad. You get to the byeline son with your pace. Job done.Don't just throw it in. A quick look beforehand. Maybe cut back inside and get into the box. Corner or penalty. Ask Barnes. Cally. And to Pereyra. Listen lad. You just don't have the pace to get away when you trick and knock it past a player anymore. Just get the ball in. It's a simple law of averages. Get more shots on target, crosses into the box and players waiting to receive it and you will get more chances and goals. God knew that. It's a shame this lot do not. As it stands we need a miracle in West London and we must beat Newcastle, Norwich and West Ham. No if's and buts. Just a fluke win for Villa, Bournemouth or West Ham could see us slide out of the division. And it would be a terrible blow for the progress of the club. We must stay up and overhaul the squad in the little time between this and the next season. But we must stay up. God knows how but we must. Shame he isn't here to provide words of wisdom.