At corners they seem to be zonal and Chambers is picking up Garner and it leaves them watching Obi or another every time.
In open play Chambers had to sprint back more than once and both CBs have misjudged shielding the ball. Feels like a line cobbled together with no practice together.
Garner was very unlucky with that overhead, wouldn't blame them for conceding there but we need Holy and Dozzell bringing into things more to help them out I think as well as more communication all around.
Ward and Sears as a partnership down the left is looking good again though. An unexpected treat them.
Helps that most of the game is going down our right, but he’s been involved in our best football more often than not. The movement between AD, Judge and Bishop has been really positive to see. Drinan looks handy too, and at least very motivated. That pass to him from Toto was special too.
Thought Holy did well with that save and the bad pass back we got away with. When Dozzell comes deep to give Woolf the option we are much better too. Sears and Nolan have done some good stuff but not really getting as much of a chance to impress are they?
Nice to see us score from a set piece too. It’s like Mick’s back in charge innit.
I get we as with most clubs make our yoots sacrosanct, and there has been a genuine defence of Woolfy (and the photography 5) recently for example which is pretty indicative of where people are at. But the one softening of losing Downes is that he is a CM.
We've been saying how well stocked we are in the middle and we had Bishop, Dozzell and Nydam all robbed of at least a season. With the emergence of El Miz, McGavin and maybe even Dobra it may at least create space amongst the dogfight for games to allow one of them to really shine.
As good as Downes is, it wasn't enough to carry the team regardless unfortunately, so if we must suffer losing him because of how low we've sunk at least we might get to repeat the process of watching someone mature into another decent player this season.