ACDon wrote:The jury is out on Nielson!!
That's not wrong, AC.
However, if you're reacting to the performance yesterday, are you concerned about:
The number of team changes, which was heavily affected by the stupidity of Baldock and Lewie, and the loss of Chuks last week, plus the need to rest players for the political match on Tuesday, which fans want to win more?
The lack of pace, again affected by the need to have the best line up ready for Tuesday?
The lack of quality, from a team largely assembled by Robbo? (Our best player (Barnes) was a Neilson addition.)
The relative youth and inexperience on the pitch, again heavily contributed by Robbo, Baldock, Lewie et al?
The lack of desire (or effort) from a team heading for a low mid-table finish, with several players expecting to leave (those professional players ought to have a very hard look at themselves, and may not deserve to be paid in full)?
The lack of cohesion, from a team with so many forced (or prudent) changes?
Or the tactics, which didn't work for several reasons, until Neilson went three at the back with Potter as anchor, pushing up Upson, who is better more advanced with Potter behind him?
But, you're right, the jury is still out and will remain out until this time next year. As for Muirhead, he crosses and he provides throw-ins. That's about it as far as I can see. Still needs more time for those basic attributes to bed-in. I agree he looks lost, but is that his fault or are the players around him just not reading what he's going to do? I say 'around him', but given the disappointing absence of effort and movement, few could be arsed to give him a passing option.
I reckon yesterday was down to an appalling lack of effort (shame on those players), selection circumstances, noddy defending (including our senior keeper), and tactics that didn't work against a better team, until Neilson fixed it. Hopefully we'll feel more positive if we play well against Kingston.