I'm really dumbfounded about my current season as Blyth. After a roaring start, my team is suddenly playing like it's a whole division lower and I don't understand why.
Here's what happened. We're in our 3rd season and were promoted from BSP to npower 2 via play-offs. It was a very lucky run and we were definitely not the best team in BSP. On top of that all the promotion salary raise clauses meant that I couldn't sign any decent players to join and was left with largely the same team (although I transferred a lot of players to full-time as they're young and I want them to develop). So I really was expecting to struggle in npower 2, given that my team wasn't even that good in BSP (predicted 24th for this season).
However, we started out with a blast. First 6 games 15 goals scored, 2 conceded (this is against promotion contenders), beat a championship side in a wild cup game, etc. We were locked into 2nd place for a good long while. Then, just as unexpectedly, we started losing. Lost to a team on the very bottom of the table 1-3, then another 2-3 defeat, then scrambled a crazy and lucky 5-3 victory, but only to lose in the next three games. We haven't seen a proper win for some 10 games and have dropped down from 2nd to 9th and it's looking like we'll drop lower.
Generally I wouldn't be complaining as we have a crap team, but I just don't get why this huge drop in performance (and it's not a slump... it's been like this for a while now). I tried watching the games more carefully, but it's as if the team dropped a whole league level in skill. Defenders that used to close down every shot, pass, and header are now just letting opponents run into the box and score, or forgetting to mark players. My goalkeeper allows easy goals even though he would rescue me 10 times each match at the beginning of the season. My midfield misplaces passes (we play a short passing game and passing is the one skill that we're good at - 5th in the league). My forwards still find chances, but can't score from the easiest of situations.
I never changed anything tactically, because I figured it was just a slump, but at this point my team just can't find a win anywhere and it's been at least 10 games of this travesty. I have no idea what's happening. Why was my team playing so well at first? Why are they getting totally destroyed now? Any advice?