With the amount of first teamers out I think we got an excellent performance from the team/squad. It was very encouraging to see squad members likes of Bru, Smith, and Hunt stepping up when required. Bru was very good and putting real pressure on MM for a first team spot. We have fantastic competition in midfield which is vital for any successful team.
ME's investment in the club is only worthwhile if we get into the Premiership - which we won't if he sells our best players. Cresswell was let go because we had Mings (arguably a better player now) ready to take his place.
It has been a very frustrating six weeks or so for the anti MM section and some of them have not appeared on here at all for a while.A few do from time to time make comments and sometimes they are even quite sensible comments, equally some are so ridiculous as to be idiotic.I am sure there are some that are longing for the day that we actually lose a game so that they can spring into print. Whilst yesterday can only be seen as two points dropped the last few weeks have been very encouraging and there is no reason to suppose that we cannot be in the current position or better at season end.
...will we look back on the season and think that tactics cost us a play off place or will we think tactics cost us a play off final place....either way MM's tactics with this group of players, will as ever, prove to be divisive for the faithful
Don't actually think we sat back at all in the last 10, I thought finally were still creating opportunities in the last minutes even though we are winning, we were playing possession football whether that be along the back 4 or not and still created opportunities in the closing stages. Blackburn didnt have one serious attack in that last 10. Just an excellent set piece from Marshall. People will do everything they can to blame MM, 2 years next month he has transformed the club into what is clearly a top 6 side with hardly any cash spent. Also that was a very attacking team and we are playing attacking football along the deck which is far better than what we witnessed at the start of the season. I think a front 5 of Bru, Williams, Hunt, Sammon, McGoldrick is pretty attacking, and when fit hunt and Sammon should be replaced with Stewart and Murphy. Now that is an attacking side and we are playing attacking football. Laughable how fans will do anything they can to pin the blame on MM when it's an individual error of a foul from Berra and a fantastic free kick from Marshall. Other than Blackburn never looked like scoring.
Me and blueboy1981 are probably in that current minority that believe that we are not"progressing" nicely but not making the most of the gilt-edged chances coming our way to accumulate points but then throw away games because of players having to get behind the ball instead of scoring more goals. Maybe so but I think we are still a little off the pace and at season's end, we are not going to make the play-offs but rue this defensive fragility of protecting our leads killing off the opposition. We all want the same thing i.e promotion but I do not think we will make it with this style of defensive soccer, We need to be more gung-ho and be risk-takers otherwise we will come up short come May next year.
JWM ......... I had hopes once that you too had become a 'realist' - signs were encouraging.
Sadly you've slipped back into the low expectancy, excuse searching / making traits, again.
When we are as near as we have been recently, with the acknowledged improvement - excuses and pi*s poor tactics and concentration, can and do, make all the difference - as we have seen over the last couple of games or so.
Time to get it right - and achieve that extra yard.
I see PIP50 has been hung, drawn and quartered but let's face it chaps ...he's right. Until MM changes his defensive mentality then we are simply not going to get out of the Championship. How many times have we shut up shop and allowed the opposition to come at us, inviting danger? Yesterday was a case in point: up against 10 men, totally in command,what does MM DO? Revert to his defensive style as usual and they equalize, Should never have happened.Teams like Leicester last season and Watford and Nottm Forest this time around go for the kill and finish off the opposition.What does MM do?Everyone behind the ball........please!!! Yesterday we were in command and an attacking team would have won 3-0. PIP50 is spot on..
. The record over the last few years shows that only teams that have aa attcking style take it by storm