Defence


#1

Say it again full backs awfull Wilson not the answer


#2

I wonder whether Purkiss has a role to play… we need defenders who can defend and midfielders prepared to put a shift in for the team. If this was Whitney’s team, accusations of an unbalanced squad would be levelled. Genuinely don’t know whether 442!is the formation; ironically, although Ronan is a great player, he reminds me of Oztumer in the respect that everyone else in the team has to accommodate his ‘free role’. The sooner Edwards is fit, the better.


#3

Endless debate on the fullbacks but for me if he’s fit Fitzwater has to start.


#4

Here we go, another defeat, another let’s have a pop at the full backs. I agree Wilson is poor but Leahy was no worse than the rest of the team - in fact he never is. Did you not see the fantastic block he made after 3 minutes? Today was a case of the team being set up wrong, obviously 4 3 3 didn’t work.


#5

The defence is woeful.

Leahy, Devlin and Wilson can’t defend - which is a primary attribute. Forget the crosses, and straight runs, they can’t defend.

Guthrie has no mobility, and Martin isn’t fit.

Hopefully we can sort it out in January.


#6

Well, it would have been helpful today if the midfield had done a half decent job and not given the ball away needlessy. I know from previous posts you have an issue with the full backs but pretty much the entire squad had a shocker today.


#7

Agreed …teams defend as a team not as a 4! You would think as a scientist? our fellow fan would understand that.


#8

Our lack of transfer activity in the summer is coming back to bite us, as most predicted it would.

Let’s just remember we were 2 days away from the season starting with just one fit centre half. No surprise we can’t defend is it. Crap preparation and planning to blame.


#9

Bluntly put, but so very true! Reminds me of the many training days at work where the buzz words were Fail to prepare, Prepare to fail.


#10

I can’t get my head around the team not turning up every 3rd game more than anything.


#11

Said at the start of the season, we have a Whitney defence - it will be shown up again this year. Wilson was a panic signing ( again as I said at the time) Obviously unfair to criticise Martin havent not played all season until now.

Why we have ditched the 442 I literally have no idea.


#12

To shoehorn Ronan in with osbourne and Dobson

Ronan seen as possible the best technical player


#13

Easy to have a pop at the full backs.They are not great but yesterday had no effective help from Morris and Ferrier.The midfield three were woeful and never got near Burton’s midfield.Even a fit Chambers would have given them something to think about and put a n a few tackles.
I think Keates needed to change the set up at half time and not just a like for like substitution.


#14

Suicide to shoehorn in a Player and design the whole system of play around him. Utter suicide.


#15

Do we really need another thread about the ■■■■■■■ full backs?

We get it, everything’s their fault


#16

So despite Ronan being head and shoulders our best midfielder yesterday he’s the problem :thinking:


#17

Yes he is because we got absolutely battered in trying to accomodate, no shape and all over the place defensively. He has no place at Walsall IMO.


#18

Agree


#19

Dobson has an off day. Osbourne was dreadful. Our best midfielder is injured until Jan but it’s Ronan/ the systems fault. MOTM last week too.


#20

Successful start to the season playing 442 - against the odds - everyone knows their job - players are together as a unit and working for each other.

We re now all over the place, lucky to not go in 5 down at half time yesterday, trying to accommodate a player who cant play in a central midfield two. But it’s ok because he’s been man of the match.

And he says the probably isnt the system.