On reflection our season can be summed up in the story of centre halves.
We started with Guthrie and Roberts and Keates knew it was a weakness. We failed to get a dominant centre back who could organise our frail defence. Kory got injured, so we signed an unproven Conor Johnson and at the last minute Jack Fitzwater returned. We started the season with the same defence as the season before, and we did Ok.
Enter Russell Martin and things went pear shaped and we started leaking goals.
In the January transfer window we lost Martin and Fitzwater but signed Scarr. Conor Johnson only appeared when we were desperate and then at the last minute Fitzwater returned to warm the subs bench.
Keates tried different combinations but ultimately persisted with Guthrie and Scarr.
Only when Keates left did O’Connor pair Scarr and Johnson and then Laird and we plugged the holes. In addition, Dunn replaced Roberts and we looked a little more solid.
I wonder what would have happened if we’d signed the dominant centre half last pre-season or if Conor Johnson had been given more chances?
As it is, we have Scarr and hopefully Roberts for next season. Conor Johnson may be an option but 12 months on we still need an experienced organiser.