Bournemouth have advantage of 24hrs. extra rest over us,, plus Eddie Howe was at Watford and then to cap it all he was a guest on the Football League Show !!!!!!! Talk about knowing us he certainly does now
Quite simply a must win!!! If we lose this I feel the dream of the playoffs is over. What I fear most about tomorrow is the occasion getting to the players. We and the players all know this is a must win game so nerves may get better of us tomorrow and will be an easier game for Bournemouth in that case. I agree with seasider being a must win game tomorrow we shouldn't play 2 holding midfielders, also neither Surman or O'Kane are defensive midfielders for Bournemouth, both smallish so a midfield of Hyam and Wordsworth. Hyams bite and work rate along with Wordys creative yet physical presence would pay dividends tomorrow. Think we've gotta match their 4-4-2 as well and will need to keep it tight first half. I'd go same team/tactics against Doncaster. And then bring Frank and Taylor off the bench in the second half when the opposition are tiring. And with Frank running at a tired Ian Harte tomorrow could just be the making off him. Come on you blues. This is our season.
Note Mick was at their Good Friday game,he would also do well to read Harry's report as he said the other day that supporters who watch games regularly know who the best players are,and I might add their strengths and weaknesses. Skues had another poor game for us by his standards and do we need two defensive midfielders in the must win game on Monday? Wonder if like Bournemouth,one or two of our regular players are looking a bit jaded. Central defenders and gk looked a bit suspect for their 2nd goal,and Skues just put his hands up,and made no attempt to stop the attacker for the third. Would like Mick to introduce two or three fresh legs tomorrow although not normally his style.
Credit Harry, must have been difficult to do two of these in a short space of time! At least they hate D'urso as much as us which is something, he could cause riot tomorrow!! They've got some decent players so it's going to be difficult but we can do it, a must win game this.
Strangely 2 of our best players this season have been defensive yet we aren't as tight at he back as last season under Mick (maybe RB/GK issues?). Personally felt Mick gave up on the game yesterday once Green had come on and was thinking about 'saving legs' but that still doesn't make any sense why he didn't bring on Taylor/Henshall or Marriot earlier. Like to see Taylor and Williams start together tomorrow and Mick get this idea of a 1 up top striker out of his head!
I've kept my counsel for some weeks reading the drivel served up. But you got to wonder what the fuss is getting to the play offs. Two of the sides have given us football lessons with Premier league money, Derby are probably better so our chances of progressing are pretty slim, irrespective of a side playing pants football under a dinosaur manager having only won 17 games out of 43 hardly is promotion material. The worry is really where are we going I for one can't see much progress!
I saw the FL show too - the 2nd goal was almost a carbon copy of the goal we gave away against Wigan, a dead ball situation where a cross came over a retreating line of our defenders whilst the goalscorer drifted in behind the line of defenders unattended for a free header. The 3rd wasn't good defending either but Gerken's position on the near post with his legs wide apart (almost trying to stop the ball with his right leg) looked poor, a Premier keeper would have kept his legs closer together and tried to look big by splaying his arms. Fingers crossed for tomorrow, as said sh*t or bust, I don't think a draw will be of any use either (depending how other results go).
Agree 100% with roytheboy. The last person I expected to come off the bench was Paul 'too slow lost the ball again' Green! 3-1 down surely the ONLY thing to do is chuck on 2 more strikers. If you're not going forward than the opposition IS! Why not go for it & get the flair of Taylor along with the youth & enthusiasm of Marriott & see where it gets you. No plan B. Team set up wrong right from the start. We play best when we use 2wingers 1st half & then scare the begeezers out of them with a herd of strikers in the 2nd half! Very disappointed...again. Love MM but poor tactics today!!