120 miles there, 2 hours of boredom and 120 miles back, I am beginning to question my sanity as there is so much more you could do with a Saturday. It was slow, dire and dismal. The speed at which we move the ball is pedestrian and the shots on goal from both teams says it all. With the exception of Sess, the whole team seems to have had any ability and flair coached out of them in favour of ‘the system’. I’ll give it a couple more games but the thought of travelling in deep mid winter to watch this team does not appeal unless the performances improve. Please Tony, entertain me.
I’m ahead of you. My round trip is 340 miles and I’m simply not prepared to travel to watch the tripe served up by Pulis any more. The players are better than this but how will we ever know? We are officially the ‘new Stoke’ now and I find it utterly depressing to find myself following a team having the sole ambition of a ‘clean sheet’ in every match.
I think that just about sums it up. I didn’t renew my season ticket when I moved back to Northwich cause I couldn’t afford the travel. I’m glad I didn’t in view of what’s happening on the pitch. I have to wonder whether Saido wanted a move for the money, to better his chances to play for England or because he didn’t like TP’s tactics. He seems to have put players with any flair to the bottom of the team list in favour of hard workers who fit into his tactics. We have internationals (Gamboa and Poco) who seem to be ignored week after week with TP preferring to use a centre back and midfielder instead. We have two forwards who scored 30+ goals between them last season (Saido and Rondon) who are getting little or no service other than 40 yard passes from defence. We have McManaman, Sess and Gnabry who are quick and can get behind defences but does he use them! He wasn’t my choice as manager but I was pleased he kept us up and there were signs that he could get us to play decent football (Chelsea and the W Ham cup game) but he seems to have reverted to type this season. There are two ways to win a match, score more goals than the opposition or let in fewer goals. I was brought up on the former from Ronnie Allen through The King to the Three Degrees but TP seems to favour the latter. Continue from the Palace and Sunderland games and we’ll be in the bottom three by bonfire night!