Winning in first gear
It’s becoming our speciality, collecting the points without necessarily hitting second gear. That’s not just my opinion either, the manager admitted it afterwards.
“No real flow to the game” is the diplomatic way of saying we weren’t very good.
I thought his post match interview was very candid and revealing.
“It’s as much about the performances” is music to my ears, echoing my own sentiments.
“The first few weeks has almost been like an extended pre-season” also strikes a chord, and offers some insight into why we haven’t fully clicked yet.
It’s clear the blog is split on the team’s form, or lack of it.
Some state the win is the be all and end all, while some worry we aren’t properly gelling as we enter September with it’s testing fixtures.
Anges comment on performances suggests he shares the latter’s concerns, he’s looking for more than points.
Our starting midfield trio however did not reassure. Again.
I’m hoping that was their last chance together, and there can be few complaints. We looked much better when Hatate was introduced.
It’s notable he played ahead of Calmac and not as the anchoring midfielder, the captain was once again given that role until Mooy was introduced.
When Hatate is available he should play, it’s that simple. I think he’s our best midfielder. Hardworking with a good pass, vision, and can shoot,,he takes Turnbull’s slot if I were king.
Up front I’m wondering if Maeda’s game is much more suited to Kyogos, and could this be part of the reason he’s our starting striker despite G-Mak having a better goals per minute ratio?
He prefers a mobile striker rather than a penalty box striker?
I’m leaning towards that theory.
That’s why our move for Haksaw is so intriguing. Will his style of play compliment the Greek striker? Abadas doesn’t, he cuts inside rather than outside and crossing the ball. Ditto Jota. As mentioned, Maeda suits his countryman more. James does suit G-Mak better than the others but doesn’t get much game time so a new option is needed. Haksaw it is then, and I’m expecting he and Gio to be paired together more often than not.
Few expected us to move for another winger, I view this attempt to upgrade that area as very heartening.
Central defense continues to impress me, the twin towers kept another clean sheet and exuded calmness. They are a great foundation to build upon.
Kyogo scoring in consecutive games is a positive, ditto his back up.
There are positives. Other clubs would love to have our ‘problem’ winning without playing well.
Stating the obvious, this could go either way. Either we are given a gubbing and are thus forced to change mentality and personnel, or we kick on from here and discover some form.
Some big games will force the issue.
Will the Bhoys step up or slip up?
Only time will tell.