All this talk of the defenders being poor, yes it’s a problem, but I think people are missing the glaring issue right in front of their eyes here.
We literally don’t have one.
Look at tonights central 3 - Kinsella, Osborne and Edwards.
Are you telling me that is an adequate midfield 3 in League 1? Kinsella is improving granted, but I really don’t think he’s all that, he’s good at harrying, quite nippy, but in a 50/50 he’s not strong. Osborne struggled to get in our team when he was 2/3 years younger, and Edwards came to us as a right back.
I’ve mentioned in my earlier post, about our lack of challenge for the 2nd ball - I think (I’ve not seen the replay yet), that the goal came from 2 separate issues. Firstly, Guthrie screwed up his header, and instead of going out-and-up, giving him time to recover, it went down and central. It was immediately picked up by a Wimbledon player, and played through for the goal. (or maybe I’m thinking of the subsequent miss)… Either way… WHERE WAS OSBORNE? Where was Edwards? No challenge in sight.
In the first half especially, we were so exposed on the wings, mainly due to our shape, but still, so exposed.
I remember watching our play under Richard Money and remarking how our full-backs didn’t actually do that much defending. Most of it was done by our wingers - they would harry, they would chase, they would block, they would challenge - the full backs were there to tidy up the left overs and maintain a sound structure of the back 4 if ever the wingers failed in their job. Keates sets us out, without any kind of protection like this - is it any wonder our full backs have poor games?