I think you will find that is coincidence with Fellani being out injured
We don't have a winning mentality when all our top players are fit. We seem to buckle under the presure of being expected to win. Which is why we seem to do better when the chips are down players out injured and not expected to win. Same as when we play the big teams with a full team pressure is off and we perform!
I think we need some players that have that mentality ours all seem to nice. Maybe j Barton might add a bit of that!??
I think that's just an excuse.
We simply lack the players and the tactics to break teams down with our passing game. When we play teams that are more open, we perform better, either because their defences are easier to penetrate or because we switch to a more direct approach that suits us better.
Credit to Moyes that he's been trying to move us in a direction of more passing and possession but we simply haven't got the personnel and he hasn't got the tactical acumen to make it work against packed defences. Mind you, even Arsenal, who have been practising nothing else for years struggle quite often.
But both Barton and Zoggy would help us get closer to that goal.