In terms of our midfield, 4-3-3 is definitely the way to go. It’s not coincidence that both Osbourne and Ronan had their best games of the season for us. This, in turn, led to Dobson having his best game for a while too. The extra man we have in the middle means that Osbourne doesn’t have to do as much running, meaning he can concentrate on just winning the ball and get us going forward again with intelligent passing.
It allows Ronan to be the spare man and control the tempo of the game, without having to battle and scrap for too many balls. This means that Dobson doesn’t have to cover for the the inabilities of the other two when in a pair, and can concentrate on his own game.
I’d love to see a stat of how many times Ronan touched the ball today. He always seemed to be free to receive a pass
Cook also had his best game in a Walsall shirt. It goes to show what he can do when we actually play through him to his strengths.