Post by tauntongas on Nov 18, 2017 20:44:39 GMT
Leadbitter and Harrison were the most effective players for Rovers today. By a long way.
Leads' pace down the right was one of our only outlets, rare as it was, as Sercombe and Sinclair (who seemed to both start in wide positions at the very beginning of the game?) were unable to deliver any impact going forward. More often than not, they received the ball with their backs to goal or they had to check back to pass backwards or sideways as there was no option ahead of them or they didn't have the pace to go past their man.
Sercombe did grow into the game but it was too little, too late. Chris Lines was the same; he looked disinterested until we were three nil down and only seemed to improve because the Wimbledon midfield started backing off so much. He played some nice passes at the end but his game was largely pedestrian - he may well have been put off by yet another bad start by the team.
Ellis Harrison worked off of very poor and very limited service today. He frequently had to drop back as far as the halfway line to try and get on the ball. He held the ball up relatively well when he did get on it, he rarely misused the ball but was ultimately well marshalled by the Wimbledon defence, who looked as assured and knowing of their tasks as much as our centre backs didn't.
Ellis worked hard today and showed commitment to the cause which many fans would have said was lacking in his game, when he was younger. I see Eliss' all round game getting better, the only omission being goals, which will ultimately decide the direction of his career over the next year or two.
Tom Broadbent reminds me a lot of Tom Parkes - big, physical, unafraid, may even be able to play a little bit; however he has got at least one big mistake in his locker, per game. This is difficult to live with at present but he has to be given time, seeing as his background has only recently afforded him a chance at league football. Unfortunately, it is time we cannot really afford to give at the moment.
Tom Lockyer. Tom is a different question. I don't know if he lacks confidence, is jaded or tired or something but he does not look on top form at the moment. I think I would consider giving the captain's armband to someone else, to take some of the pressure off.
Today was a very disappointing performance. We were undone too quickly and too easily by a good backheel by their number 33 (Taylor, is it? - he looked a handy player) and then we were swimming against the current from then on in.
Roll on January. I think we could really benefit by bringing in another centre back, a central midfielder, a winger and centre forward and in that order of priority.