In 99/00 we were way out of our depth at Premier League level. We tried, but losing Smart and Noel-Williams hurt our chances. Had great moments like winning at Liverpool, beating Chelsea at the Vic and running both Arse and Manure close at home. We knew it was going to be a struggle, and so it proved to be. Six wins out of 38 condemned us against all odds. In 06/07 we had a better squad but again fell short due to injury a then immense Marlon King and never got the targets. Despite ripping Championship sides apart we never had the ability second time around. In 14/15 we began our now almost extinguished five year stint in the Premiership for a third try. We came up with a decent team, a good core and latterly no injuries. We played above our level for 1/2 the initial season under QSF and thank god we had enough points after Xmas to stay up. After that. the Wally season was forgettable apart from stuffing Utd at the Vic. We finished 17th that season and had two goal keepers on the bench last game. Enough said. Then we got Slither... not going into that. Gracia saved us that season and last season under him was our best in recent history to where we finished. I fully agree with the ideal that the F.A Cup thrashing played on the minds of the players going into this season - we had the same side who were playing well - and were so slow out of the gate we deserve to be where we are. Was it really mission impossible after Southampton? Yes. QSF had to go = and was binned. One thing I will say for our owners - they know when to bin the crap on the management front. We were all a bit on the fence when Pearson came in - but combined with Shakespeare - we really began to see the side we all knew was there deep down. Confidence flowed, the goals were being smashed in and our defence looked solid enough despite being poor. All of a sudden, Sarr is injured - we lose all pace in the side and revert back to the laboured "hoof ball" esp. today, that we had seen before hand. Individual errors can happen, I can accept that, but throwing away three leads in three must win games is unforgivable. Has Pearson run out of ideas? Have the players latterly given up mentally and collectively? Will Sarr's return really change our fortunes? I do not know. We have two very hard games coming up. We are running out of "winnable" games now. But with confidence down the toilet when defending a lead, no pace and a Championship back line, can we even expect to win those? We are running out of games, running out of time and as fans, how much more spineless performances can we defend before we face the reality of where we seem to be going? We are not down, we can still survive, but I am finding it very hard to gather optimism that the squad even believe they can. Just my thoughts I wanted to share.