Bart didn't have a single shot to save today in 98 minutes of football. Why? because the MM work ethic is to have a team that is hard to beat. An introduction of younger, skillful players ie Webster, Lawrence, Ward (although poor today) Grant and Bishop, plus the injured Williams and McGoldrick shows his intentions for the future. That is a more expansive style of play that will eventually provide midfielders scoring and making chances for our front runners. As to the moaners on this site who actually go to the games, the others are not real Town supporters...did you really think that Best, Varney, Skuse and a previously out of form Sears would be part of such a great finale that could have so easily have given us a win?
Freddy has had a real dip in form, but his injury might just be what the doctor ordered? A few games out, one used off the bench, perhaps his confidence, natural pace and shooting boots will be restored. Yes I know that he has been played out of position for the team, and his work ethic is good, but he has missed so many chances either as a wide player or in his natural attacking option. Yet another player to come back fresh from injury, and with a more natural attacking midfield players could start to flourish again?
Chambers is our right back, he has probably played more games in that position than at centre back during his career and deserves more support. Smith for Webster is a no brainer, but those two could be the foundation of a formidable future back four that would include Knudsen, another player that the supporters question, but is improving by the game. That ball demanding midfielder is still the one that we lack, a wise old head that springs an attack, can wade off tackles and injuries and still be strong....anyone fit this bill?
How about two fast players at the centre of our attack, not arial winners, just good on the ground, two opposing centre-backs used to marking usual tall front players. A midfield of good crafted goalscoring players could cause havoc.
I think that we are playing with 10 men at the moment, and the missing man is Freddy Sears. Lacking in confidence, he is only half the player he was. Give him a rest, let him watch from the line, see what he should be doing to start scoring again. Murphy works hard, but takes that extra touch now when 2 years ago he would have shot and scored. Pittman is the most natural scorer from all angles and should be Murphy's partner!
I'm definitely going to the game, now that I know a well balanced side has been picked. I think that many loyal Town fans were going to give the cup competitions a miss this year due to the lack of ambition shown by the club in the recent past, but this team selection is worthy of support,
We can't compete in the current transfer market, but be could continue to invest in The Academy. Our best chance of future success is having good Scouts/coaches putting the spadework into youngsters that only want to play for ITFC. Play good open football, but with the work ethic that is required by the 1st team manager. I'm sure MM would be only too pleased to be picking/watching a team that can naturally use both feet, pass and head a ball with intelligence to match. Pace is the only thing that you can't teach, awareness yes, but natural pace no. A player with natural pace should be taught when to slow down and then think before a cross or pass? Sermon over, but just a thought for our future.
Anyone go to the Col U v Ipswich pre season game? Any stand out players in your opinion? Bru, Digby, Dozell, Douglas and Pitman did well during the first half. Bishop, Webster, Murphy in the last period. The standout for me tonight, was that Gerken, the only keeper used tonight. chose to play the ball out to players that wanted it, and not just hoof it. Perhaps with the right players selected we can start playing from the back?
Time for us to stand up for us. Put forward a top Political leader that has lasted the test of time, May perhaps, then as England football manager, the West Ham guy, he has heart, to win, the song contest, Ed Sherran to write and perform.
Please find your best formation, pick the best team and use it for League and Cup Competitions. If players get injured or have loss of form, then replace them but keeping your own system intact. We saw at Ipswich last season how wholesale changes for Cup games affected League form and supporter dissatisfaction. We have just witnessed the England National team use the same ploy.