Date: 12th November 2008 at 9:08pm
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Another game, another defeat, only this time to a group of talented youngsters several of whom could have watched last night’s game on a junior ticket.

So what happens now?

How is Steve Bruce going to turn around from a perfomrance lacking in passion, commitment and effort agaisnt a Newcastle team in front of their home fans?

Several players last night were apparently under the weather and questions must be asked as to why they played and why the squad players were not brought in.

The obvious answer is that the squad players are not deemed good enough.

A quick analysis of the squad shows the problems.

Zaki doesn’t look fit and the fact that he is having a medical examination shows the concerns re his fitness are valid.

Heskey appears to have a constant battle with his fitness and Camara doesn’t appear to fit in Bruce’s plans.

Midfield is crying out for a creative midfielder to give Zaki and Heskey some quality ball. Too often they either recieve high balls or balls with their back to the goal.The last creative midfielder we had was Bullard.Palacios, Cattermole and Brown are all defensive midfielders

At the back things appear even worse, last night the experienced foursome were totally humilitated. The policy of mixing and matching the centre backs isn’t working and an injection of quality is required.

The only area where we currently appear strong is with the keepers, Kirkland and Pollitt although Kirklands back is a cause for concern.

So thats the problems , what’s the solutions?

A small squad doesn’t leave much in the way of tinkering. Taylor and Scharner must be pushiong for a start along with Brown in midfield but in all honesty it is debatable whether they are better than the incumbants.

The January transfer window is seven weeks and nine games away and we desperatley need to accrue some points before then.

This means Bruce has to find the solution to motivating the players and creating the combative unit that secured Premier League survival last season.

If he can’t,then another relegation battle( one which we might lose this time) looms.

 

4 Replies to “Crunch Time For Latics”

  • The speed of the Arsenal youngsters was too much for the back four -it’s not usual for Boyce to made to look so flatfooted. But we had a lot more play than the newspaper reports suggest. Our biggest problem was the inability to get crosses into the box. De Ridder looked fantastic on the wing beating their defence and getting in cross after cross. Unfortunately every single one of these crosses was rubbish.

  • I think there might be one or two surprises up at St James’ Park this weekend. However I do fear for our future at the moment.

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