'The Varney sub was a clear signal to keep them pinned back and force a mistake or hesitation and worked fine'
No it wasn't, it was a decision to add more defensive stability considering Reading's attacks mainly came down the flanks. You honestly think Mick thought that? He loves a point away from home, he was settling for it.
If he wanted to win the game we'd have seen C. Grant, Lawrence or Best- players who have more offensive qualities than defensive. Varney is a worker not at attacking outlet.
I think you've got to be very careful, there could be a big detrimental effect on Sears if he's dropped, what does it say to a striker who is trying his hardest for the team but is dropped because he's struggling in front of goal?
Not sure it would send out a great message, he's still played his part in what has been a decent start to the season. Imagine you're Sears and you get dropped for someone who's yet to even play for us. I think we have to back him, not drop him.
He was onside in the first place, they showed a replay and he was level. Then obviously it went to the second phase where Sturridge had initially touched the ball and it struck him last. Officials did well on this one.
I would be surprised if he sees the season out to be honest, yep I think he kept them up (finished 14th or something) then left in the summer after having a difference in opinion on how to take the club forward.
Whether it was due to style of football and Parish wanting to change that after staying up, or Pulis feeling he wasn't given enough funds I don't know.
Saying that, Parish and Pulis both seem pretty headstrong, probably wasn't going to work in the long-term.
Also think its worth noting that we're scoring goals from other areas of the pitch now, something that didn't really happen last season and so the weight on the backs of the strikers has been lowered somewhat.
If Ward carries on in the same vein, and gets around 10/12 goals, you're then asking Sears, Pitman, Lawrence, Best and McGoldrick (once fit) to notch about 40 between them? Add to that 5 or 6 from our defenders.
That's not too mention the fact we may sign a striker on loan in the coming days/weeks, or invest in January.