So it has been proved. Apart from a good result at York on the opening day and a fighting draw at Wrexham we have looked to be a lacklustre side that seem to have reached it's pinnacle of ability already and can go no further.
Prove this statement wrong tomorrow with this team of lower league part timers actually looking like a full time Premier outfit and I, and many others, will be happy with the three points and three points on a regular basis.
Mark Albrighton is the one definitely missing at Moss Lane because he'll be serving a one game ban following some poor officiating coupled with a cheating player intent on getting a man sent off. There was no contact in either of the yellow cards, the referee had to ask his assistant to judge both actions and Kyle Perry got off without even a warning about his behaviour.
Tom Sharpe, John Finnigan, Aman Verma and Callum Gittings are all doubtful with Verma, on loan from Leicester City, having a broken bone in his hand. Both clubs are trying to come up with a way of protecting it but it isn't looking positive.
New signing Ollie Thorne should come in for his debut after signing for us on deadline day. He came to us from Newport after having his contract mutually cancelled by them and signed for us the same day.
Marc Williams will also be missing due to international commitments in Italy.
Altrincham, who have yet to win a game, will be without Matt Doughty and have Robbie Lawton, Chris Denham and Nicky Clee all doubtful. Another one who is touch and go is Kevin Holsgrove (right) with a dead leg. He had a handful of games for us pre-season and looked pretty useful but didn't sign for us in the end.
Alty bought nobody in before Tuesday but did release just the one. Dale Johnson left after two years with the club but never coming up to expectations. The club have also circulated a memo to other clubs that any offers for their players will be considered. They didn't say which though.
So back to tomorrow and if we do lose this game then surely the chickens will really have come home to roost. Just don't bother counting them.
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