Pace, tempo and intensity with and without the ball.
We need to start pressing teams. There’s no one in this league that could keep the ball with us in their faces without making forced mistakes, got to start pressing as high up as possible to get the ball back in dangerous positions.
In possession we need to be faster moving the ball. We need runners from midfield dragging defenders out of position. Too often we take too many touches, or are slow to pass the ball in any meaningful way letting teams get back in shape and hold the defensive line. We constantly rely on the easiest available pass which is usually about 5 yards sideways or back. This continues until the only option is to play it wide to put in a cross against a packed defence with only a few men in blue to aim for.
Yes our recruitment in the summer was poor, but play the right way there’s easily enough quality in this side to still be beating the dross in this league. Unfortunately we make it too easy for them.