Well Saturday was a great big let down for us all, the manager included. Despite the shocking errors which gifted our opponents two of the softest goals going, the side lacked maturity and so did the crowd. Getting to half time level when you’re playing badly is key, yet United were done on the counter attacked (again) as there seemed to be panic in the stands and on the pitch that we weren’t three nil up. Eventually we’re going to have to win some games we don’t deserve to win and draw some games we deserve to lose.
That’s the third game we’ve come up against a side with no ambition this season and the third time we’ve lost. More attacking full backs are required against teams that get 11 behind the ball at SJP and Gayle looked lost without the space to run into in-which he thrives. The good news is we have a chance to see some of the players who may be required against negative opposition at St James’ this Tuesday, when we again host Wolves.
This competition is a great chance for Rafa to play the test fringe players like Hanley, Murphy, Gamez, Yedlin and Lazaar. Last time out we also struggled to break down a compact Cheltnham side and I’d imagine Wolves will be heading to SJP with more of the same in mind so there’s no time like the present to test out any new tactics Rafa has designed to break down this type of side. Whilst teams have no answer how to set up against us away from home – it’s becoming apparent that we’re beatable at home .
Tickets for this one are £10 for adults and £3 for kids – it would be great for the city to come out and support this side and perhaps behave a little more positively towards the team than some did on Saturday. 21k against Cheltenham was the highest in the round (I think) but I would hope for double that on Tuesday but get the feeling we’ll be a long way below that.
Two attacking full backs, at least one target man up front and patience on the pitch and in the stands would go a long way to wining this game. Wolves will make plenty of changes too but don’t expect a weakened team from them, like Rafa, Zenga loves a bit of rotation. Karl Darlow will get a chance in goal and after 8 games of Sels, I hope he keeps his place in the team.
Next week against Vile & Norwich is absolutely massive in the context of our season, so lets progress on Tuesday (with no extra time) to set us up nicely for a trip to The Worst Place in the World on Saturday tea time.
Prediction: 2 0 United.