All well & good @TRO but making mistakes against bottom half teams in the ch is one thing. Making mistakes against promotion chasing rivals means a defeat.
As an example, the Leeds away game, we were dominating a promotion rival away from home untill the shit went down.
We could have, and I'd argue, we should have won. IMHO Bruce put the brakes on after this game (regarding "going for it" football). We never recovered from it mentally really and once the "cautious" approach took over and the decisions that eventually cost us (Gaby as a Kodjia - goalmachine - SJ and not an experienced GK - some would include Gestedes transfer &/or McGate - No Backup for Jedi) the results took an unneccessary turn for the worst.
This is my biggest gripe.
Bruce had it there, right in front of him, all he had to do was be bold and he/we MAY have been rewarded. We'll never know, but imho he created his own misfortune which ended in a run of shamefull defeats.
So we are very much back to square one of his reign, ironically with a better squad to do the business for the last 14 (or so) games (6 gone 8 to go)
give me 1D (vBrighton) & 1L (Hudds) or 2L (B & H) from the last 14 and we would have been in 6th no sweat if he'd have had his balls expanding.
Tell me, are we going to get away with Bruce making any/many suspect decisions going for top 2 with the likes of 4 from Hudds, Leeds, Reading, ShefW & Fulham plus A possiblility of 1 or more of Palace, Swansea or Boro coming down.
After all is said and done going up this season through the playoffs would have been easier (as top 2 really wasnt on after RDMs start) than next season. Imho next season will be more condensed at the top.
An afterthought, but could still be possible.
Imagine 1 or both of Toon and Brighton going to pieces, Hudds or Leeds, go up and one of those top 2 get knocked out the playoffs?
We seem the champions of "making it difficult for ourselves" let alone the opposition being tougher