Post by a more piratey game on Feb 17, 2020 17:21:16 GMT
according to Sam Frost in the Post Q&A today....
Matthew Andrews, in Torquay, asks:
Can you ask, if we’re playing a more expansive formation/game then why does he insist on still playing 3 defensive midfielders all the time?
I think he hasn’t been spoilt for choice in that area, with Sercombe injured, and the trio of Clarke, Upson and Ogogo do bring a strong level of experience to the team.
I understand your concerns, but I think it is only a short-term arrangement and I think by the end of the season you will see a different dynamic in midfield.
Sercombe should slot straight in, and there could be a chance for Josh Barrett to force his way into the midfield too.
Also, it’s only fair to point out Garner and Rovers did want to bring in a dynamic midfielder in January. They were after highly-rated Joe Powell from West Ham on a permanent deal, but he chose Burton Albion instead. He is a creative and athletic midfielder who has a lovely left foot and can play as a genuine box-to-box general, and would have fit in really well to Garner’s team/style.
But it wasn’t to be, and I’m sure that is one of the priorities for the summer transfer window.
On the other hand, if your approach is to make sure you stay in the game for the first hour, then loosen up and "unleash your potential" (to coin a phrase), the Clarke / Ogogo / Upson triumvirate is a good bet to start. Bringing on Barrett and/or Abraham for the last phase of the match fits that strategy perfectly.
I think Barrett or Sercombe gets in the midfield 3 injuries/fitness dependent in general, but I can easily see why Upson, Ogogo, Clarke would be picked against Tranmere on that pitch and Blackpool in those conditions. Those games are as much about graft and battling against the pitch and/or the elements
A fit and firing Sercombe has to start IMO, but we need to see how that works in a 4-3-3 and where he is played.
Did I hear that he is back in training?
I get the feeling that we have the personnel in the building now. It is just a matter of the right system, motivation and the new and old getting to know each other's play.
I'm listening to the BG interview on Twentyman Talks Back on BBC Sounds. Cliché-ridden, as are almost all football interviews, it may be; but BG comes across as a much more decent and professional person than his predecessor.
I'm happy to believe that we wouldn't have gone up under GC in the end. He got results, but he said he had taken us as far as he could, so let's move on to someone who might take us further; I'm now hoping BG is building for next season's enjoyable challenge on the top six of the third division.
He may fail, but I'm happy to give him my usual twenty-four months to give promotion his best efforts.
He seems more likeable than the manager at the 1982 club, too.