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|For someone who's supposed to be a high-press wizard|
at 20:48 2 Oct 2018
Puny Paul hasn't got this team doing it very well. All just charging up the pitch like lunatics and leaving 'Boro with a simple pass to open us up.
We play like a bunch of strangers - no-one in midfield knows where they should be individually or in relation to each other and the communication seems to be non-existent.
We're paying the price for Hurst ripping up a limited but solid squad and replacing it with a load of inexperienced players who had varied pre-seasons but crucially not all together at Town. The result is that we look an utter mess headed straight for League 1.
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|So it has come to this, the Paul Hurst sh!tshow - thoughts on today|
at 23:12 22 Sep 2018
I've taken the phrase 'then the sh!t will hit the fan' to be a preemptive expression, indicating that something must be acted on quickly to avoid a disaster. I'm concerned right now that so much fecal matter is going to be built up in Town's Dyson that we'll be suffocating on poo particles long after someone pulls the plug.
I was going to do a 'proper' match report on today's proceedings but there's not much point is there? I'll just try and put what I saw today among everything else we've been witnesses to since what seemed like a bright new dawn a mere few months ago.
Just leave it. Just leave it alone. You don't need to stick a CB at RB because you want to cram everyone in. Let Big Boy Janoi continue to develop (that's why you brought him in, dumb dumb) and either make Nsiala the unfortunate casualty of circumstance or put faith in him as your first choice partner for Chambers and step Pennington down. Don't go being a daft bugg*r and play all 3 in a back 4. We've seen enough of that thanks.
We stuttered along to start with, I guess. Bolton as agricultural as you can get with their 'they can't score if the ball's in the stands' mantra, Town struggling to put them under any real pressure. The big lad Magennis was a handful but Chambers dealt with him expertly.
The sending off looked clear but they say it was harsh. On one of the few occasions we ulilised Jackson's pace he broke away from Wilson and the experienced defender did all he could do and seemed unsurprised when the ref told him to march off.
What better opportunity to get a win. What would it say about us if we couldn't manage to find a goal now? They'd gone to a 4-4-1 which was essentially an 8-1 given the microscopic space between their defence and midfield. Just keep knocking, the door won't hold for ever.
A few neat touches, the odd nice bit of play but no real chances created. In the second half Nsiala should have done better with a header right in front of goal and Chambers was left stunned when Alnwick made the one (great) save he had to make all game from a flicked effort off his skull.
But it was all too slow, all too ponderous, no hunger, no belief, no confidence.
Edun showed why he should start, but instead of Hurst's main man Nolan. Always looking for runs that weren't being made and a desire to play forward which wasn't always matched by his teammates.
Likewise Skuse tried to get things moving, offering to take the ball off the back four (essentially 2 as Bolton had sat so deep Pennington and Knudsen were RM and LM to Ward and Edward's RW and LW) and go forwards, almost working his way into the box with a couple of neat 1-2s that forced a desperate last ditch slide to prevent the cool customer from being an unlikely goalscoring hero. Alas we didn't do much more of that, and Hurst then delivered the killing blow on his own team.
He removed Skuse along with Ward (1 good game in an anonymous handful for him isn't it?) for Graham and Walters, leaving a flat middle of 2 of Edun and Nolan. Bolton immediately saw that that weakened our midfield and started to get more of the ball, almost forcing themselves into our box and even won a couple of corners.
That was a sign of panic. Hurst was worrying and through all his attacking options on like a desperate Football Manager player who has become frustrated with the hours clicking away at the subtle in-game tactics mechanics not producing any results. The tiny twosome had to do the work of their silver-bearded veteran plus their own, which in Nolan's case had been hiding from the ball or hurriedly kicking it away when he did have it. It was never going to work and the players seemed to have no clue.
Walters screamed for the ball in a burst of pace which saw him crumple to the floor and nestle his head in the shoulder of the physio. What a stupid risk. All the talk of sports science and fitness and being properly prepared and you allow the chance for that to happen. Now it was 10 v 10 and a waste of time.
Booed off. Town players flop to the floor. Nsiala contorts his face in pain and slaps his head. They know it. We all know it.
All in all we forced one decent save out of a 10-man team of donkeys.
He's changed too much. Yes we had players that needed replacing but so much untried raw potential thrown together and then chopped and changed about until they know not what to do or where to go. No bravery, no leaders bar the lion-hearted Chambers who today showed how vital he has now become and how I feel for him because he was part of such a solid team needing a refresh and getting a wrecking.
How much longer does he have? We've had the 'easier' games where we needed to pick up points but faffed around and haven't proven anything to ourselves other than this is harder than almost anyone imagined.
We haven't been able to build on any bit of promise (Villa, 2nd half Brentford, start of 2nd half Norwich). It just evaporates as soon as the whistle blows.
For all the sneering and patronising the 'be careful what you wish for' media types had a point. They missed a big one though - Mick had to go, and Hurst seemed like a perfect replacement. He ticked a lot of boxes and said all the right things.
On the pitch things are bad, from increasingly strong rumours they could well be worse off it. People said Mick thought he was bigger than the club. Just one example of all the negative boll0cks people said about Mick that might actually be more true for little and large.
So, again, how much longer does he have? You'd think by Christmas if we're like this get rid but if we're still like this then it'll be too late. Even if he went and someone else came in and calmed it all down, they'd still be left with the same group of players unable to shut out a 1-0 lead or force a goal against 10 men. Still, maybe if they actually just put their best players in a settled side...
Hurst started a project, but he saw the finished product shine in his greedy eyes before he even completed the first draft.
They say to go down fighting. But we don't have any fight.
D'you reckon Cardiff might sack Warnock soon?
at 14:01 15 Sep 2018
[Post edited 15 Sep 2018 14:03]
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