Well taking the summit sure looks like its a hot potato now , what with 3 teams having been there in three weeks . To one bunch of fans they will be over the moon they are even thereabouts . Another bunch of fans will feel they are at their rightful spot right now .
And most of another clubs fans are waiting expectantly for a new striker to help secure the league . I must admit its a good year for the neutral observer .
So Brendan rang the changes , and ultimately paid the price . At first glance that was a hell of a strange line up , what with three centre backs and Izzy played on the left wing . It ultimately failed and footage of Hibs second goal will show a wide open left flank there to be exploited .
Scott returned , as did Olivier and Calmac kept his starting place which meant either him or Scott was going to have to give up the quarterback deeper lying role in front of defence , and it seems Scott stayed the deeper of the two . The loss will show that was a bad decision , and though Ryan is injured ( thank goodness not as bad as we feared and will be back within a month ) and he will thus play by default , when all the midfield are fit again , there is a genuine question as to whether Scott should start every game from now on . We did fine without him and his zest is of use in certain games, perhaps the phase out starts the second half this season ?
Thats not slating our Captain , merely stating time waits for no man .
Olivier may well have made his last start for the bhoys and had a poor game . Tam has replaced him now.
Sinky is a mystery , and like I said in Mondays piece , I wouldnt be surprised if the first decent bid is accepted , frees up space and a chunk off the wage bill .
Odsonne must be helped out by taking some of the scoring burden off his shoulders and giving him license to roam , which he seems to thrive on . Should we snatch a striker from somewhere , and we effing better , Sinky would be the obvious name to drop out of the starting line up with Odsonne shunted there ,, which would seem to make Sinkys departure more likely no ?
Overall though we shoudnt be too concerned , these things happen and Lenny has a knack of getting his charges up for it against us . We are well positioned with games in hand , plus will clash with our city rivals this month to help draw away from this mini pack.
December usually sees squads used to the max but I doubt we will see too many away day changes again , keep that for home games and only a few at a time .
If we could make soo many switches we would have a first 11 for the upper half of the table and a second 11 for the rest , but it doesnt work like that , although Spurs are trying hard to buck that particular trend. Brendan will have learned a lot , he said post match that he wasnt thinking of the window and that we should have had a lot more . As the old cliche goes , sometimes you learn more in a defeat .
Within a point or two of the summit when the new year falls is fine , and new additions and a Dubai break will add some zip to the squad , I hope .
Lenny , as mentioned , seems to enjoy showing his ex hes still got it , and if we are gonna drop points then there is a good a place as any . They seemed to hit with pace and purpose , great when it comes off but can lose you games getting caught , It was their day , fullstop. Well done .
Stevie Clarkes men also won , and that pitch looks worse every week . But soo far he is manager of the year . They face top placed Rangers just after New Years which will be very interesting . During the Leicester season I remember saying if they are still top at the end of January I will take them serious . I feel the same about Killie , but more for second place than ultimate glory .
Stevie Gee’s charges went top even without the leagues top scorer . Afterwards he said he wasnt interested in going top on the basis that it hadnt helped before , and he has a point , it didnt help did it . He did point out that they had 20 odd corners and 30 odd crosses , and should have had more killer instinct . If those stats are correct he is a goal scorer away from winning the league , thats very disturbing because we are not playing well in the main and that suggests a system that just needs an end product . He will start shouting for money , and will probably get one or two . They arent out of this race at all , and with the only real scoring hitman in town (crap though he is ) might be favourites in many eyes ( and hearts and lodges ) .
This coming window is huge and will go a long long way to showing where the silverware will go in May .
Both sides need a goal scorer , both know it . Let hope our scouts have been busy !
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