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Have we all forgotten about the 3-0 home defeat to Reading yet? If you haven’t, then do it now, because there’s nothing worth remembering.

It was so bad that, for the second time this season, I’m looking forward to the international break.

I understand that for Warren Joyce a 3-0 drubbing in your first game is far from ideal, especially in front of your home fans.

However, it could be a blessing in disguise for him, because he now has two weeks to separate the best from the rest based on the evidence of that performance.

When a new manager comes in, you expect the players to raise their game so they can show the new boss what they can do.

Instead our players looked as if they were still sulking about Gary Caldwell’s departure, which is quite frankly a joke. That’s football, get on with it you’re professionals.

If I’m being brutally honest, I’m not totally convinced that Joyce picked the team last Saturday.

Which leads me to my next point, the ex-Manchester United man 100% NEEDS to bring in his own backroom staff.

Don’t get me wrong I have the utmost respect for Graham Barrow, but I sit in the West Stand and I’m convinced that Barrow and Joe Parkinson didn’t once stand up off the bench and communicate with Joyce.

In my opinion, the only way this appointment can work is if Joyce brings in his own people.

Only then will he gain the respect of his newly inherited squad so he can change their attitude and mentality from the lackadaisical one we saw last weekend.

For me, the problems are much deeper than the managerial position.

We must use this time wisely or else this team, which I still believe is good enough to stay in the Championship, will be in serious relegation trouble.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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