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  1. I hate to be a downer but I really don't think we were impressive at all yesterday. We won the game from a set piece and some very suspect goalkeeping but, yet again, did not create chances consistently at all, against a very poor Barnsley side. We still default to hammering the ball up field almost every time. Bettinelli in particular was very guilty of this. Every time he got the ball he basically kicked it back to their keeper. The wing-backs didn't get involved enough, and for the first 45 especially we had zero width whatsoever. This 3-5-2 just doesn't work for us. I find it very, very difficult to watch. Buzzing to get Roberts back but think he's utterly wasted playing behind the strikers, with no space to run into, and the ball soaring over his head every time. Think we are going to be comfortably 16-13th ish come end of the season.
  2. Can't remember the last time I remotely enjoyed watching us. Even if we did win this 1-0 would I come away feeling positive? We are clueless.
  3. Beyond fed up of watching manager after manager playing players in the wrong position instead of buying a half-decent specialist in the role. This club man. Circus.
  4. I think anyone suggesting we play a system with 3 central defenders is vastly over-rating our availability at wing back. That system demands a perfect balance or you end up all over the place. It's not easy to play. Our wing-backs do not have the technique or intelligence for it, and putting players like McNair or Howson out there is a total waste. We should sign a LB as a priority. We don't have a good one. It could really transform the team. At the moment I'd go with something like this. It's not ideal. Coulson isn't solid defensively, and Akpom is definitely not a natural number 10. There's some argument to be made that Akpom goes wide and Tavernier comes in the middle. But I think that's our best bet of organising our defence/midfield. McNair is our most creative central midfielder and he should be played there. Morsy can hold and break up play. Dijksteel has come on leaps and bounds and is our best RB option by some distance. Coulson can get forward and overlap Tavernier. Unfortunately I fully expect us to carry on playing Johnson and Spence as wing-backs and for us to pump it up to the top 2 in hopes of a lucky bounce. Alas.
  5. You'll be repeating this every year until we hire a competent Director of Football. Any footballing man should be able to take 1 look at this squad and see the holes in it. Unfortunately we keep hiring people like Monk, Pulis, Woodgate, and Warnock. Up and down between "young, attacking football" and "experience, pump it into the channels". Except we've ended up pumping it into the channels with all of them anyway. Mental, this club. Absolutely absurd.
  6. our left back is tragic and his name is marvin johnson der der der der...
  7. Johnson and Spence aren't good enough to play the system. Spence should be nowhere near the first team, was thrown in way too soon and too raw out of desperation because Woodgate's plan boiled down to throw darts at the board until it went well. 3-5-2 RELIES on the wing-backs. They are VITAL. The single most important position in the system. They provide the width, which ours don't, and hence why we never break teams down. How often do our players get to the by-line and pull the ball back into a dangerous area? Statistically, most goals are scored inside the 6 yard box. How often do we get the ball there in a match? It's not rocket science. It has been the same for years. At the moment, we are a hit-and-hope side, and it is 90% because we have no effective wing play.
  8. Johnson and Spence are dreadful wing backs. We're going to get NOWHERE playing with these two comedians out wide. Couldn't cross the street.
  9. He's a pretty decent player, but is he going to change how we play? Are all these awful long balls we pump forward at every opportunity going to start sticking? We need width, full backs, wingers, attacking intent. How can everyone in the world see it apart from the men in charge?
  10. He's playing the lad on the wrong side! Coulson's stuck in that middle ground of not being played consistently at either LB or LW, and now he's being made to play RWB when he's left footed! It's absolutely *** barmy. The wing backs are the ONLY width in this formation and he has him cutting inside!
  11. If he doesn't scrap this stupid system that doesn't fit our players we are faced with nothing but another year of flirting with relegation. God, what I wouldn't give for Red Bull to swoop in and buy this club tomorrow night. We are going nowhere.
  12. I'm not sure there's anyone in the squad who can take them. And, to be fair, we don't look like we practice anything beyond "in the mixer" anyway.
  13. Same group of players, same problems. 3-5-2 requires 2 immense wing backs and 2 really good strikers. It needs the back 3 to know the system inside and out and work brilliantly together. You can't just cobble it together. Sign some wingers!!!!!!
  14. He is in the stadium, higher up in the West Stand.
  15. Whatever you're on mate, please pass it around.
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