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When is it going to get better?

At this point, I think it's a question you have to ask.

Southend, thanks to an injury-time equalizer, managed an all too predictable 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. What's that make us over the last month or so? I'm glad you asked.

The Blues' record spanning the past 14 matches is a sterling 6-5-3. In league, we've gained 19 league points over the same span. To put that in perspective, Fulham has only lost once, tallying 20 points. All I can say is, yikes.

The scariest thing about the whole situation is the fact that I -- and I'm sure much of the Chelsea support -- weren't too surprised with Saturday's result. And against a League 1 opponent? Has it really come to this?

I'm not one to freak, and I certainly still think this season has potential, but it's becoming more and more apparent that this team in its current configuration is not built for sustained success. There are clearly problems in the dressing room, and Philly Steak seems out of ideas -- and excuses. I hope I'm wrong, but the signs are clearly pointing the other way.

Our Jan. 11 showdown with Manchester United is a season-defining fixture without a question. How we fare at the Theater of Dreams will go a long way in deciding the direction this club takes in the future -- not just this season, but beyond.

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