Good for 20 minutes ***** for 70. The team are not good enough to play out from the back when under pressure. 2nd time in a row we've dropped points through a keeper error at Apr.
I have to question how Fry and Mcnair have been two of our best players over a couple of seasons.
Yet now Bola and Linerhan are 'better?'. Just because one adds a voice and the other is left footed.
I mean call me old fashioned but I'd just pick the best 'defenders'.
The worrying aspect is today had nothing to do with lack of forwards. It just highlighted defensive and more so CM options (post Tav).
I heard that interview on the radio and it was poor. Blamed the referee and delivered an extremely harsh criticism of Dijksteel whilst defending Jones and Steffen.Check out this post from Middlesborough FC https://www.mfc.co.uk/news/2022/august/06/chris-wilder-post-match-reaction---qpr/
Not happy with Dijksteel by the sounds of it lol.
I guess if either Fry or Mcnair come in and do well whist linerhan is suspended it will make it 'interesting'.Neither could play in the first match, Wilder probably felt that Bola and Lenihan did enough to keep their place for today.
Whether people agree with that is a different issue, but it's not like either we're dropped.
Fry was recovering from and injury and McNair was suspended.
Today highlights the CM issues. That's not anyone's fault as Tav wanted to leave. Yet we basically have 3 CMs and none do the Tav role. I'd argue more important than the apparent lack of forwards.
You cannot defend Jones today - he was off the pace and his passing was dreadful - too casual and wasteful. I think the ref was useless - when it was 3-2 and we had a real head of steam one of their players ran behind crooks and launched himself like superman and the ref blew for it - one of the most embarrassing dives I’ve ever seen - it really broke up our momentum because prior to that I thought we would win we were so much in the ascendency!I heard that interview on the radio and it was poor. Blamed the referee and delivered an extremely harsh criticism of Dijksteel whilst defending Jones and Steffen.
It does appear rather odd. Whilst both are a bit limited ability wise they seem professional sorts so I’m not grasping why they were excluded from preseason. It’s not like we are spoiled for options right now.Also gotta massively question the decision not to take Akpom or Uche to Portugal.
Whilst I fully understand we want shot. We didn't have anyone through the door and we are still paying both.
So today Wilder said 'Akpom lacked conditioning' to start. Yes because he's missed half a pre season. Then 'we lack physicality up top'....... Yup Uche has had a summer off to find a new club.
Again he wants shot of both. Yet not to include them in the pre season is madness. You can still have them in the group whilst trying to sell. I'd rather have Uche on with 20 to go than stick Crooks up top and totally screw the balance of the midfield.