Post by irishrover on Jan 6, 2020 23:51:35 GMT
It's unusual for me to watch 2 games in a row these days, especially one away and one home. With a new manager in place I thought I'd note a couple of observations.
-So I see mainly away games. My feeling is that over the last 3 seasons, whoever the manager, if we started an away game with a 4-5-1 formation we generally look solid and competitive. But when starting with 3 centre backs we look dodgy with obvious holes right across the field.I hope after the MK game Garner now learns this lesson. All 3 of those centre backs were slow and uncomfortable on the ball. If you play with 3 of the back ideally 2 of them need to be mobile. On top of that our wing backs are average at best defensively. We also have lack a proper holding midfield. Multiple managers have played Upson in this role and he just isn't an good at it. He's neither strong enough or mobile enough to cover the space. Ogogo strikes me as the better bet for that role but we're too tempted to give him the spoiler job further up the pitch. Bottom line - 3 at the back may be OK at home when teams aren't pressing us as much and we're tying to get on the front foot. Away from home it doesn't work and we look crap every time we do it.
-Thought it was odd that Garner came out after the MK games and torched his players. We were terrible and he wasn't wrong in many ways but it's odd that he mentioned turning over the squad. It was assumed that the main reason he got the job is that he's prepared to work within the AQ's tight budget. That he'd be prepared to do this suggests something else might be going on or maybe it's just an excuse to hide a massive cost cutting exercise behind a turnover of the squad. Signing 2 young players suggests that may be right.
-On the other hand though he really isn't wrong. I think we have a poor squad that is tremendously unbalanced, full of deadwood and dreadfully short on quality. Yet we've done well. It's a paradox but if I was a new manager I'd still rather back my own player than this lot I think.
-The Coventry game was entertaining and I thought it was possible to see a difference from GC. We tried the high press at times and were generally less passive. It didn't always work but I quite liked the approach.
-On the downside there seemed such a gulf in quality. Coventry were so much more comfortable on the ball and confident on the break than we are. We have a competitive bite about us but we lack pace, skill and dynamism.
-Bennett needs to go - can't even see what he's trying to do most of the time.
-Sercombe has not been the same player since getting injured last season. Doesn't contribute anywhere near enough.
-Nichols looked decent against MK Dons I thought (one of the few that did) but was awful against Coventry.
-This is our main problem - our creative players are underperforming or not good enough. At least the manager has recognised that but I worry he's going to try and change too much too soon.