If it ain't broke...
Posted by Ken Riley on 13/4/2019, 9:16 pm, in reply to "Letís Be Positive"
No idea why Jim played the team and formation he did. He clearly had a master plan. At one point I saw him signalling to the players like a pincer movement. I think he was trying to get the full backs wide to allow us to overload their midfield and centre backs, but it didn't work. |
I have never hidden my admiration and support for JG, but he does tend to over analyse and take the opposition into account too much at times. Today was one of those days. I always remember Dave Jones talking about playing a West Ham and saying "let them worry about us". We got to the top of the table with our 4-2-3-1 and changed today and it didn't work. We are top of the table. Let the opposition worry about us.
We weren't helped by so many players playing so far below par. Hinchliffe's poor kicking, Duxbery poor and 2 shocking throw ins 2nd half. Stott was at fault for the goal and was very shaky today. The 3 in the middle were getting in each other's way and didn't seem to be able to work together. In defence of Turnbull, he was always asking for the ball, passing it and making space ready for a pass. No idea why so many are slagging him off here. He never hid and was always trying to support the player on the ball.
The front 3 works with Messi, Suarez and Coutinho, but Thomas, Bell and Stephenson looked less formidable! Stephenson repeatedly overran the ball and had a very poor game, Thomas didn't look comfortable tucked inside and positionally lost when switched to right back. The ball didn't stick with Bell often enough and he again failed to attack crosses that deserved better.
It looked a little better with Matty on for the 2nd half, but Blyth defended stoutly and our chances wouldn't go in. Not sure who blocked the bullet header first half, Stephenson put one just wide, Mulhern hit the bar from an outrageous angle and Matty toe poked one that seemed to hit the keeper and defender by pure fluke instead of going in.
That said, they should have scored more, including a truly Ronnie Rosenthal style effort second half. Aside from their play acting and time wasting, they probably deserved it for their stoic defending and incisive counter attacks.
Let's hope Jim goes back to what we do best next week and forgets about how they play.