Date:Wednesday September 18 2013
Surely, we all thought, given the scare of last Saturday, KJ would rest one or two players and change the formation this evening. The diamond set-up clearly did not work, some people looked lost in a strange position and others seemed tired.
Judging from KJ`s statements this morning, he did not feel the same concern. As he declared, "It will be the same group. Whether I tinker with a substitute, I don`t know. There`s no need to change a lot and I`m not looking to." In particular, he indicated that Stearman would not start the match. This seemed to suggest that he was going to persevere with the diamond formation too.
And so it proved when at 7 pm. I clicked on the blog icon and saw the team. Oh dear! It was the same as Saturday with the sole exception of Sigurdarson, who replaced the rested Griffiths. No room for Stearman then. No change in the formation either. Well, to put a brave face on it, it did work in the 2nd. half against Port vale and, as Walsall are presumably not as mobile or as slick as Swindon, it might function properly this time.
It was even worse. Walsall just as comprehensively outplayed us and they did not concede a goal. By the break, we apparently were playing 4-5-1 with Doyle as the lone striker. And, this in a team in joint second place, playing at home to a mid-table Division 1 side. KJ`s half time talk had some effect because we perked up a little but still could not control the midfield. Too many balls went astray too. Neither could we score.
After 10 minutes KJ had had enough and brought on Griffiths and Foley for McDonald and Evans respectively. While I was happy to see both players on the pitch- the one to improve our attack, the other to tighten up our midfield- I was sorry to see McDonald go. The problem lay with the system because to accommodate Griffiths, Doyle, Sako and Sigurdarson, there was no room for him. But why did we not replace Davis?
The changes might have strengthened us defensively in midfield (though it did not prevent Walsall`s continued dominance and goal) but it took out both our creative midfielders. Of course, Sako can hit a good pass but only if he lifts his head up and feels the urge to do so. I suppose KJ thought that with two enforcers in the middle Sako and Sigurdarson could get further forward. For width, however, we still had to rely on our overworked, overlapping full backs. Distracted by their defensive duties, they could hardly bomb down the wing every couple of minutes.
It`s not that the defeat comes as a shock because it`s been on the cards for some time. What is really depressing is our inability to learn from our mistakes and to put them right. The fright we received last Saturday should have concentrated minds to come up with a solution. KJ admitted there was a problem in midfield but what did we get this evening? More of the same but even worse. Now, perhaps, reality will intrude.
I do not want to make a knee-jerk reaction to the defeat because, as JK states, the team is still a project in the making and the players need time to develop, learn their roles and gel as a team. Many of them are youngsters. We should hold our nerve and watch the situation improve. There`s plenty of time to get it right and, remember, we remain in equal second place. However, we do need an experienced holding midfielder, one who can break up opposition attacks and make good use of the ball. In time, Davis might succeed but we need someone now.
We should also scrap the diamond formation as we do not have the players to operate it effectively. Only Sako is reasonably comfortable in his allocated position and he is needed out wide. I would prefer two proper wingers as well, that is, Sako and Ismail taking on their men on the flanks and crossing the ball from the by-line. Unfortunately, neither of them are natural tacklers and this leaves us weak in midfield. But, it would allow our full backs to carry out their main duty of defending and tighten us up at the back. In this respect, I would play Ricketts at left back, thereby allowing Stearman back into central defence.
I am travelling to Shrewsbury to see the match on Saturday and I am not confident about the outcome, certainly if we keep to the same system and play as sloppily and with as little effort as we did this evening. Perversely, we might do better away from Molineux with its tangible air of expectation. Mind you, I will personally be radiating as powerful a dose of anxiety as the whole of the Southbank on a bad day. And, I am watching the game with a friend, a Shrewsbury supporter!
Date:Wednesday September 18 2013
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O'Hara move to Blackpool halted over money (Wednesday December 4 2013)
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Blackpool ponder January move for O'Hara (Friday November 29 2013)
Goals will come for Sako (Thursday November 28 2013)
Victory over Tranmere pleases Jackett (Wednesday November 27 2013)
Stats: Wolves v Tranmere (Wednesday November 27 2013)
O'Hara set for Blackpool loan (Tuesday November 26 2013)
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