Sending ourselves down

Monday 10th February 2014 22:47

Danny Wilson: Tactical ability in doubt

Danny Wilson: Tactical ability in doubt

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Barnsley FanZoner Chris Ellison was unhappy with the Tykes' lack of ambition in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Ipswich at Oakwell.

Yet again we let ourselves down, nobody else to blame, nobody else at fault just ourselves.

After the late defeat against Wednesday a response was needed from the players against Ipswich and although the effort was there I'm afraid the talent clearly wasn't. Our inability to hold onto what we have is what is ultimately going to condemn us to League One.

First Charlton Athletic at home, 2-0 up and drew 2-2 then the 1-0 loss at Hillsborough and now another two goal lead surrended. Put those together with home draws against Yeovil, Doncaster Rovers and Sheff Wednesday as well as defeats at the hands of Bolton and Millwall away (every team around us) and the results tell the story.

I must admit too that I was over the moon with the appointment of Danny Wilson, however I am beginning to have my doubts that his tactical ability and team choices are going to get us out of trouble. On Saturday Mellis and Frimpong were both suspended and I must admit I was very surprised to find out that Danny had gone defensive at home again by the inclusion of Jim O'Brien and Stephen Dawson. O'Brien will run and run all day but is inconsistent in his performances and I believe I speak for many Reds fans when I say that Dawson is a League One player at best.

It was disappointing to see lack of ambition to win a football game, however at half-time I genuinely thought that win a football game we would do. How wrong and deluded was I?

Peter Ramage said in a pre-match interview that he would gladly take playing poor and winning over recent performances and results, and for 80 minutes against Ipswich it looked as if we were heading towards that. We were completely out-played in the second half, however when we went 2-0 up totally against the run of play with 12 minutes left all you have to do is see the game out but as seems to be the case on many occasions this season we defend way too deep and concede two very sloppy goals.

It is massively disappointing and it does get me angry for a few hours, I know I sound harsh to some but I am just so fed up of seeing us throw games away over and over again, it just proves we are not good enough to survive this year, however even though we don't deserve to at this minute in time we could still do if we get our act together and other results continue to go our way like they did on Saturday.

Make no mistake about it, with the players Wilson has brought in we should be getting the rewards and yet somehow we are not. February is a massive month for us with Charlton, Millwall and Donny still to play, plus we have two games in hand over the latter of those three so although some of Wilson's decisions are, to me at least questionable, if we can pick up points against most if not all of our rivals another miracle could happen.

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