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20 Oct 2019 21:23:23
At first glance the number of changes and apparent change of formation was I suspect to most of us a little perplexing but that said most everything that Mr Lamouchi has done this season has by and large paid off so why would today be any different I asked myself.

Unfortunately for the first time this season within 10 minutes of the kick off it became clear to I would think a vast majority of the travelling support that things just looked and felt plain wrong.
The cohesion and calmness of the past few games just didn’t seem to be there and the first 30 minutes or so the football from both sides could best be described, perhaps generously, as pretty bang average with both teams not really creating any meaningful threat at all and it was, not for the first time perhaps, hard to see where a goal was coming from.
As is often the case in games like this the goal came from a defensive error with Worrall coming out of position and making a clumsy challenge which unfortunately also saw him take Robinson out of the equation in his follow through leaving us with a 4 on 2 situation and some nice passing saw us go one down.
This seemed to spark some life into Wigan who pressed us for the remainder of the half without seriously threatening Sambas goal.
The only surprising thing about the introduction of Grabban and Silva for Mir and Bostock was that it didn’t happen at the break and it took ten more minutes of laboured football until it did.
It would be an exaggeration to say that the introduction of these two turned the game on its head but we immediately looked sharper and more tuned in than before with the two aforementioned subs actually stamping SOME authority on the game which became more open as we chased an equaliser allowing Wigan decent opportunities which were very well dealt with by Samba who continues to impress with the passing of every game.
A penalty shout involving Ribiero was turned down at the opposite end of the ground which I have yet to view on TV replay ( its irrelevant anyway ) but to be brutally honest it always looked like ending as it did.
From my perspective I have no complaints at the result and good luck to Wigan but there was a frustrating sense of what might have been but the cold truth is we pretty well got out of the game what we deserved.
As I alluded to earlier Samba must surely be the best keeper in the Championship at the moment and cannot be faulted in any way for the goal today.
In previous posts I have said that to me we look a better side with Robinson at left back but his performances of late have quite simply not been up to scratch and today was another one. He was unlucky to be clattered by Worralls follow through today but that said it may be that Ribiero is a better bet but in a more forward position today Ribiero did at times find some space but his final touch/ pass let him down.
Worralls performances of late have been outstanding which will always magnify a glaring error of the kind he made today which I think may well have preyed on his mind for the remainder of the game but I am sure it is something which will be quickly forgotten .
Figuerido may perhaps have been able to do more to prevent the cross leading to the goal and was caught out a couple of times with balls over the top and looked deciidedly rusty.

Cash was arguably the most consistent player over the 90 minutes with a couple of decent runs into the box but his final delivery needs to improve whilst his defensive duties seem to be holding up really well.
Certainly until the introduction of Grabban and Silva our best attacking option was Ameobi who continued to put in the yards and effort playing a virtual lone hand in the first half with Lolley continuing his struggles to recapture the form of last season and having another of those games with nothing going right for him at all.
Watson at times looked all at sea for the first time in an age and clearly missed the presence of Sow alongside him with Bostock having a truly awful game ( although a through ball from him should have seen Mir at the very least hit the target ) and looked devoid of any ideas at all .
That said I would hazard a guess that most of us would have thought Bostock to be the name on the sheet to replace Sow but today is a day he will want to forget as will Mir.
He does not at the moment look to be the part at all and seems to want the ball to be played to him with no real effort on his part to find his own space and chase the ball down which we have of late been used to seeing Grabban do and his introduction with Silva made an immediate impression.
The manager said he had one eye on the next games coming up in a short space of time so not to start Grabban may be understandable but highlights the issue we have on the striker front which we all know will at some point have to be addressed .
Carvalhos introduction for the last 20 minutes was quite frankly a miserable affair but I am not sure that he was suited to the situation today and possibly Adomah would have been a better option with us chasing the game but hindsight is a wonderful thing however Carvalho did nothing today to silence his critics ( myself included ) but no player can be judged on that and a dreadful 20 minutes will not sway the jury either way.
This is a long season and his time to come to the party may yet come.
All good things must come to an end and with two decidedly winnable home games to come I am sure we will consolidate our place in the table and get back to winning ways this coming week and put ( contrary to Mr Lamouchis opinion ) what I thought our worst performance this season behind us.
Thanks for reading if you got this far and
As always


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20 Oct 2019 21:48:01
Got to agree creepy seen bostock twice now and not impressed at all. passes going astray and playing backwards and walking around.
He was the biggest problem for me as Ben Watson was then trying to be the playmaker, which he isn't, this caused us to play too many long balls and lolley and reberio cudnt get a run at their full backs and get past.
Cash did more than the wingers in getting crosses in and ameobi while running his socks off had to do lolleys job as well at times.
Personally think that picking mir and bostock cost us the game they just don't fit in the team, but to be fair to them they are rusty from not playing, but it's not a time for carrying passengers and bostock and mir were passengers today.

20 Oct 2019 22:24:12
Sorry creepy but I’ve had a beer and couldn’t be bothered with that- any chance of a brief summary?

21 Oct 2019 03:26:20
Fair comment 2tone.
Too many players didn’t really turn up. Got what we deserved.

21 Oct 2019 12:43:53
Cheers creepy 🤣 only joking your posts are well worth the read 👍.

21 Oct 2019 17:55:37
Ta muchly.



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