Setting aside points achieved the goal differentials at the top of the table show just how far away from being a potential promotion side we are. F A Bournemouth 65 32 + 33 Middlesbrough 48 20 + 28 Derby 58 28 + 30 Ipswich 50 31 + 19 Watford 63 37 + 26 Norwich 59 36 + 23 Brentford 46 42 + 4 Wolves 38 40 -2 Even Blackburn with 0 and Forest (after a terrible season) + 1 are ahead of us on goal difference. When you think we are still only mid February this is a huge gap in performance and the only thing which is surprising is that we are not much further off in terms of points from 6th place. In only 31 games Bournemouth have scored 27 more goals than us and also conceded 8 less. That is in anyone's language a huge gap. If it hadn't been for that terrible run of five heavy defeats in a row things would be looking better of course. However our lack of goals has been telling all season. Take away that 4-1 win away at Huddersfield last week and we can't point to one significant scoreline where we have been entirely comfortable rather than scrapping a win. The above surely shows precisely how far we are behind these clubs. Our defence has had its ups and downs but at the moment is just about ok. Our midfield has deteriorated after a fine start and is now a major cause for worry with no reinforcements coming in. Our forward line has effectively consisted of Dicko until he was injured. Now Afobe and Dicko. Perhaps we should be surprised we have amassed 38 goals. The club should take these figures to heart and forget the points issue as a major barometer. We need a huge injection in attack and in midfield to be serious promotion contenders in the future. Perhaps four new players to add to the midfield/attacking mix and they need to be better than what we have got. A long summer awaits.