Currently sitting in a nice room in the Gomersal Park Hotel, 3 course meal booked for 8pm.Its been a lovely day so far, only spoiled by that utter dross i had to sit through for 90mins or so.I'm trying to find some positives- best I can come up with is the performance of Best the player, who won lots in the air and put himself about before tiring (understandably).Problem is, winning balls in the air is a complete waste of time when there is nobody actually up in support.
Knudsen was solid enough, I know he isnt everbodys cup of tea but he never hides to his credit. Skuse, 2nd half made some great last ditch tackles and intercpetions.Its a lack of anything even slightly dynamic alongside him thats the problem.
Not really a great deal more I can add,so if you are looking for anymore crumbs of encouragement, Im afraid you will be disapointed.
Chambers- I havent really dipped into the debate about his RB abilities, but boy was he woeful today.Real inability to play even simple passes . Douglas- (just checked, yes he did start) Can anyone who understands football more than me please tell me what he contributed today? Sears- I feel so sorry for him.There is absolutely no way he should be in the starting lineup.He is offering nothing whatsoever.He is a shell of the player we signed.I wonder how happy McCarthy and his coaches are with the work they have done with him?
Anyway,must freshen up as Im looking forward to a few drinks and a nice meal.
This will probably be a drunken mess, pretty much what our right back,midfield and attack looked like. Apparantly you cant read anything into friendlies- but from what I saw the same concerns from last season still exist :
Chambers- a Belgian pub team winger doing him on toast for their first goal. Murphy- over reliance yet again on him.34 next birthday- I thought he was our best player,but can he bully defences consistently like he did 2 years ago? Skuse- Lovely little 5 yard passes here and there, when will he grab a game by the scruff of the neck and dominate though? Bru- looked quite decent dropping deep first half, picking up possesion, but as per normal drifted out of the game. Sears- I loved him when he first joined, breath of fresh air.Looks absolutely ruined now.No attempt on goal for the whole game, worked hard but what did he contribute in an attacking sense?
Lamah- I liked the look of him.Fairly limited contribution in his 60mins, but decent touch on him and looks an athlete. Webster- Good on the ball and looked like he had been part of our backline for years.McCarthy says he wont be fit for the season opener?Sounds like bullsh*t to me. Murphy-Looked strong,positive and good hold up play.My worry is our over reliance on him, as a I mentioned earlier.
My biggest concern of the lot is that McCarthy has taken almost the same spine of a team into another season.I know he has said he is looking at additions but I fear they will be average squad filler.
Bart Chambers Smith Berra Knudsen Bishop Skuse Bru Sears McG Murph
thats his most likely line up- who comes in and replaces any of them?