knows that sherpyvanwindscrenwiperpaintpot nights don’t count in the bigger picture. Whatever result or performance we achieve tonight is meaningless, potential for fools gold, hindrance more than blessing on road to recovery, it is only on Saturday we can measure actual improvement from last seasons abysmal form, that carried over into last Saturday.
However the green shoots we are looking out for as measuring stick of any improvement -
Getting into pockets of space. Receiving the ball in pockets of space. Receiving the ball in pockets of space whilst facing their goal, not ours.
Hold possession long enough to transition to attack.
Win possession count. Win territory count. Crosses into the box. (Admittedly none of these are conclusive if you don’t do much with it, however they more likely point to a good performance, especially if your tactic for match isn’t long ball or counter attack, your aim is possession football and high press)
Scrapping for the cleanie. (I don’t think the gk and 3 df had that bad a game last weekend, though beaten at near post is always a question for the goalie. We conceded three because the whole team needs to contribute to a clean sheet, so cut out the following T- passing to an opponent, W- putting your team mate under pressure with a pass, particularly backwards pass, A- losing possession by being brushed off it too easily, T- allowing yourself to get skinned too easily if any of this leads to a goal, that player is responsible, not necessarily defence and goalkeeper. So another measurement is less twating about out there)
Seven changes tonight. Debut for Tom Mehew son of Rovers legend David. Plus debut for David Tutonda too. First start for Jonah Ayunga and Zain Walker. Cian Harries Michael Kelly and Alfie Kigour centre backs.
"the secret is very simple: you have to recognise who really owns the club, It's not the guy who has just come in, it's the supporters who've been there for 100 years and will be there for 100 more" Milan Mandaric - 16/03/2015