TIM CAHILL now departed to the Asian Cup for up to a month ultimately reduces our already slim chances of scoring.
We've struggled this season finding the net, and it doesn't seem to be getting any easier for Moyes and his men.
Cahill is a massive player for us, not only for his goals but his all-round play.
He is probably overlooked sometimes as people solely concentrate on his goal-scoring ability with his head, but he brings so much more to the table.
The question now is who is ready to step up to the plate and dig us out of the relegation battle, which at least 10 teams find themselves involved in. Tim's absence could be an opportunity to play a different system - should we go 4-4-2 with two strikers?
After last night's game, it's Scunthorpe next. I get the feeling it's going to be Brentford all over again. The last chance for silverware rides on this. But with little or no luck on our side, I wouldn't like to assume we'll be in the hat for the fourth round.
WHO could ask for a better start to the New Year?
Beaten by a distinctly average team, our reportedly highest earner not looking interested in playing at all, our top scorer flying off to another competition for a month and the VAT increase!
I am sick of it all now to be honest. The articles that reiterate how poor we are, the links with hasbeens and the 'let's get back to winning ways!' rally cries from the players.just do your talking on the pitch!
I cannot look forward to the next month without Tim Cahill, his unavailability is a huge blow to us, but will we play with two strikers in his absence? Probably not.
Our only chance of retaining some credibility from this campaign is a good run in the FA Cup. I would settle for another little trip to Wembley in April/May given how we have been, so for this reason, I hold some optimism.