While we're suffering from the suggested 3 to 6 week lay-off for Reidie - depending on who you reid - and the suggestion from Richard Murray that although we may see one or two new faces, they'll not be a big spending spry come January, today we need to look elsewhere for some consolation.
And it appears to come with the weekend arrival of Hull City who bring with them the worst away-from-home attacking force in the fizzies. With just 7 goals scored in 11 games, they would appear to be just the job to provide us with 3 nice size presents just before Christmas.
However, things are never as straight-forward as they seem and although they've received comprehensive hammerings in their last two away games, at Southampton by 4-0 and before that a 3-0 one at lowly Preston, they have managed to win three games on the road this season. Just prior to the Preston game was the highlight of their season, the eagerly awaited local derby against Scunny. This one, an away game for Hull, finished in a 2-1 win, thanks to 2 goals from 38 year old local boy Dean Windass.
And while an derby win at Scunthorpe is always going to be the highlight of their season, their other 2 wins, from here anyway, look a bit impressive when compared with our own exploits. Back in November they won 1-0 at Burnley, recent 3-1 winners over the Addicks at the Valley and before that they had a 1-0 win at Wolves, where we could only draw.
However, their prior visits to the capital have not gone down too well this season with defeats at Watford 1-0 ( if you can call that London) and QPR by 2-0 and a 1-1 draw at Palarse with a last minute equaliser.
The important thing, Pards, is to score first as they are the worst team in the League after going behind. After seeing their opponents score first, they have managed just collect 4 points, all from draws, this season, eg they have never come back from being behind to win a game, not even at the Scunny.