Ultimately, the 3-1 win over Braintree in the Cup was fairly routine. Michael Appleton's team selection felt like a snooker player building a break; it wasn't a team to beat Braintree, even without the likes of Kemar Roofe and Liam Sercombe we would have probably been good enough. It was more an assurance because the path through to the third round looks more than negotiable and that's where the bigger paydays lie.
That kind of thinking demonstrates the confidence with which Michael Appleton appears to be managing his team. He's moving away from the text book, something he seemed such a slave to last year, and towards his own instincts. The more his decisions prove to work, the more confident he will become.
Dagenham - The drop
With only one league game played this month it's difficult to truly assess how we're doing. Cambridge last week was more uncomfortable than we'd expected, but we came away with the three points and it should have been more comfortable than it was.
The cup games offer little further evidence; by all accounts we should have put a hatful past Braintree in the opening tie, the aforementioned JPT game was comfortable, but we were playing with a second string team, on Tuesday finally eased into the second round. Did we play well, or did we just do what we should have done in the first place?