We had almost a dozen corners today and many of the saw two Town players tapping it a yard or two before crossing. Didn't seem to work too well though! Also, in the first half we had free kick about 25 yards out in what looked like a good shooting position but we faffed, tried to change the angle with a training ground routine. Someone tell me why no shot on goal? Before anyone says, I'm not being negative, it was a good second half performance with plenty of positive displays.
Bishop gave us something we have lacked today. He put his foot on the ball, lifted his head and carried the ball forwards 20 or 30 yards a couple of times. He also had a pop at goal too. I like what I saw. Bru had some forward intent too. A couple of time as he received the ball he feinted and let it run past him to escape his man, relieving the pressure. I wonder whatMick will dowhen Skuse is fit? Liked what I saw from Henshall and both Mings and Tabb desrerve credit too. Tabb looked comfortable in the centre of midfield during the last 25, distributing the ball well. The Didsy news is a blow if he goes but that kind of cash is (almost) irresistible and he will want to go. Nevertheless, there were lots of postives from the 2nd half today.
Sounds odd. Like so many, I can see the glaring lack of creativity in the team. Chambers (and I like him) offers little going forward. We have lost some forward creativity from Cressy. Hyam, Skuse and Tabb don't bring any and Anderson is too prone to a punt into the box or a cut inside and lay the ball off as soon as possible. Now, having said this, we should be defensively quite solid shouldn't we? We aren't at the moment. We are almost as open to the quick counter as we were at times under Jewell. The Skuse and Hyam combo are not protecting the back line and we look vulnerable.The whole balance of the midfield is wrong and needs sorting. To add to this Gerken does not command his area. It seems perverse I know but with our defensive midfield we are still looking so vulnerable!,
Have a feeling Gerken might find himself under pressure quite soon like Loach last season. That was a poor error yesterday (credit to him for the recovery though) which if it were punished would have changed the game totally. Don't reckon Bart is here simply to warm the bench and Gerken knows it.
Mings will start the season and he deserves his chance. However, I think Mick's decision to offer Hunt the year deal might be to have him as cover all the way down the left side of the pitch. Otherwise, when he has brought Henshall and Stewart to the party and he already has Anderson (who can certainly play on the left) and Tabb too, the Hunt contract looks a bit like overkill with so many players potentially fighting for the same spot. Any thoughts?
Jesus - didn't we let him go for nowt! When was the last time we actually sold anyone for any cash. Wickham is the last one I can think of! All I can remember since are players running their contract down or even worse, Town effectively paying players to leave. Yet, a tiny club like Crawley can manage to get 100K for a player that we didn't want!
On another note, hopefully with Mick not signing both Green & Richardson this indicates he anticipates picking up better some time soon.
No doubting Koren has (had) quality but he is 34 in the Autumn. Bowyer was celebrated by some on here as just what we needed and what a complete waste he was. Ingimarsson, Higginbotham, Kennedy - all well past it and complete wastes of time. The thought of Etherington would fill me with terror. Players with problems like that are a no-no. It's better to go for the younger players with something to prove in my opinion. To sign oldies looking for a decent(ish) final contract smacks of Paul Jewell and I hope Mick doesn't go too far down that route if at all.
I know you dislike Redknapp (so do I) but Wigan is such a convenient game for us northern fans, Derby isn't too far either. Does your dislike of QPR run so deep you are willing to sacrifice one of those games next year? Being a selfish sort, I'll overlook QPR's FFP infractions and Harry's dubious dealings in favour of a game at Derby or Wigan for Town!
Following the Millwall fan's comments on Trotter, who divides opinions on here the most? There are a few candidates! In rank order I'd say: Taylor Nouble Hyam Skuse Loach Chambers (the right back thing) Anderson Wordsworth
Have always thought we had the players for this but there are those on here who are very anti this system seeing it as outdated, old fashioned and with the potential to be overrun in the centre of the park. Nice to see Mick could look to plough a different furrow in the future and make the best of the resources at his disposal.
Just scanning the pages of the forum and noticed another thread that degenerated into a Jewell / Keane who was the $hitte$t manager responsible for all our woes shootout. Made me glad to be at work for once or I could have so easily taken the bait and got involved too - phew!
Assuming Woody joins Anderson and Hyam on the sidelines, that takes three starters at some time or other over the past month out of the equation. We are left with - Hunt, Skuse, Green and Tabb as recognised midfield options Perhaps as a one off (we need to win), play Williams at the tip of a narrow diamond with two up top. Is SEB going to feature again this season? If so, I would go with the following:
Gerken Chambers Berra Smith Cresswell Skuse Green Hunt Williams SEB Murphy
They are battling or their lives so one thing we should be able to rely on is that they must give it their all. Take care of our own business and all hope is not lost. Fast start at Burnley, dampen the atmosphere and really get behind the boys. 6% chance or whatever it is, I'll take it and give it the best we've got. Roll on Saturday.