I think some of the players today looked fatigued, in my opinion. NW not picking certain players, not making substitutions earlier or even using all 5 allowed substitutions (recently), will further fatigue certain players as they will have to continue to play on. Howson, McNair, Dijksteel, Saville and Tav have all played over 1100 minutes so far this season. Only Brentford have the same amount of outfield players (5) as us, to have played over 1100 minutes. So although we both agree we are in the same predicament as every other team, our circumstances in terms of player numbers are certainly different.
Regarding your other points they are well made, but I'm not sure why you have made them when the original discussion was regarding player fitness and how I thought it played a small part in today's performance.
Robert’s had 218mins playing time and I go along with what someone early stated, the less he plays the greater his status.
Roberts is not the saviour because the team needs a lot more then any single player can bring to the squad, unity, creativity, belief, communication.
Equally NW has managed to create a team that is hard to beat, but on the other hand, find it hard to win.
The league is not easy and we all know that a month can see a team flying high and drop 6 or 7 positions in a blink of a eye.
Lets get to the half way mark and then judge, but I feel upper mid finish..
Sorry, in my earlier post, I meant that I’d pick Johnson on current form, not Roberts. I wouldn’t usually have Johnson in my starting line up but he deserves to be there right now. I’d pick Roberts because he’s our most creative player and we currently lack creativity.
I don’t think there’s anything more to it than the fact that Warnock doesn’t trust him defensively. There’s a reason why the only game he has started recently was at home to the bottom side in the league. I feel it all just sums up Warnock’s mindset, that the deciding attribute for a winger is their defensive qualities. I’d get it if we had a load of other attacking players on the pitch but we start with one striker, a pretty defensive winger on the other side and three hard working midfielders. Just so negative.