'Bout time someone pointed this out. to be honest, during this month I kept telling myself that January will be over soon and we can maybe go on a run- the thought of our usual January-slump at the back of my mind. I think a lot of us know that, but not many has mentioned it before- so thanks KI.
Anyway, during December when I had a good look at the schedule- I wondered if we're going to have a dip again during this time, because the thing that stood out for me, was the hectic schedule toward the end of December, which although normally demanding enough, has been even more so this year.
I have always noted that traditionally there are less games being played during Jan and its not just our form thats affected. We should also take note that January is transfer-time and managers might not be as focussed/involved with football as they normally would- not for a lack of trying, but because of all the analysis some might do, the meetings with players' agents, the board/club hierarchy etc...
In closing, I think its just a combination of a late traditionally hectic late December-schedule, December itself, the fact that Jan is the 1st real break for the players since the start of the season and the transfer window. Those things must deffo have some impact- even if a little on form.