First and foremost whatever caused Warren Joyce to postpone both his appearance on BBC Radio Manchester on Monday evening and of course the Fans Forum scheduled for Wednesday at the DW Stadium, I wish him a speedy recovery and sincerely hope that he is in the best of health.
It’s a great pity that the Fans Forum didn’t go ahead as I believe that it would have provided an excellent opportunity for a ‘clear the air’ from all sides. There are a great deal of disgruntled supporters at the moment, understandably so with our precarious league position, who despite being battled hardened with seasons of previous relegation scraps have a mountain of questions regarding our current playing style that appears to be so self defeating, or at least unproductive.
Maybe there is solid reasoning behind the manager’s decision to play the way we are at the moment, or perhaps it could be his favoured way of setting the team up, it would have been interesting to find out and to have entered debate on the matter.
The performance at the weekend against Forest was disappointing, well that’s one way to put it, despite a bright start in the opening three minutes we drifted further and further back and into our shells, our opponents were there for the taking, on a poor run of three straight defeats, their three centre backs missing with injury and they looked so low on confidence that if we’d have scored once then they’d have surely collapsed.
Instead of getting at them and amongst them we sat back, the full backs didn’t venture forward in support or to offer width, the midfield four were lined up across the front of the defence and the two strikers were totally isolated, the ‘new’ tactic of playing long balls into the channels for the strikers was a throwback to the late 80’s and early 90’s but without the same charge forward, I felt sorry for both Bogle and Mandron, they worked their socks off the their team mates were held back on a leash.
Blackburn, Birmingham and then Bristol City in the space of a week, must win games, we say that every Friday in these columns, the fans know it, listening to the players being interviewed they know it, but for some reason the coaching staff are still playing the long game, spring is here, we don’t have long left.
Up the tics!
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – The Boss
0:00 Non-cancelled intros
1:30: Alleged football matches involving Latics and Forest AKA Pigeongate
5:00 ‘A disgrace’, ‘no balls’; fear will take us down
15:00 Statman left speechless by Joyce’s forlorn record
18:30 Pitchwatch, Pigeonwatch and rugby kickoffs
23:00 Fans Forum postponement: the right decision?
29:00 Blackburn preview: choosing the right games to win
31:00 Premier League players with League One tactics?
34:00 Predictions: Grigg and Bogle have to play, wild chickens & Si’s Oddschecker (37:00)
38:00 Birmingham preview: Drawfest 2017
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