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    Focus on the defence

    The past couple of games defensively we have been poor,so focus will be back on.
    Williams aside the rest have got to up their game,including Walton.
    West Brom was a shambolic display in that department and you just wouldn't believe the previous 3 league results,yielded 3 clean sheets.
    Walton and Cunningham in particular need to be back to their best or I would be tempted to show the axe,and sorry lenihan should be dropped for this one.

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    Too harsh for me.
    If we continue to keep two clean sheets out if three I'll be very happy.
    This defence is light years ahead of last years but will still make mistakes.

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    I think the only change to the defence will be Tosin. And he won't break up Lenihan & Williams. So he'll either play 3 at the back, with wing backs. Or Tosin will replace Bennett at RB.

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    I think it will still be cunningham, Williams, Lenihan and Bennett but I'd like to see 3 at the back

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    Having only scored 5 goals in the league, I think the focus is much more on what we can create & how clinical we are.

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    4 clean sheets in 5 league games

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    Back we are on this one
    The defence looks shambolic and we are looking bereft of ideas.
    A back 5 returning might be the best bet as we are short of cover to be dropping both Williams and lenihan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinrover View Post
    Back we are on this one
    The defence looks shambolic and we are looking bereft of ideas.
    A back 5 returning might be the best bet as we are short of cover to be dropping both Williams and lenihan.
    He may well bring Tosin in for the next game?

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    Just seen the goals from today. Thier 1st looked like we had plenty of men back to defend it. The 2nd one was Williams fault. The 3rd Lenihan's.
    I thought we looked weak, last season , on the cross for the 4th. Like last week, a free header. That ball coming into our box isn't being met with a commanding header from either Centre half.
    Once I saw the line-up and the fact he went with Dack & Graham again after Tues and knowing that midfield would create absolutely nothing, it wasn't a surprise it was another toothless display up front. But I was hoping that we had turned the corner with our clear defensive frailties. It looked that way about a month back.
    Everything seems a bit flat to me, it's not just one isolated part of the side that's not working. I don't think you can blame all this on the defence.
    I do think we need an injection, some class. Someone like Holtby. My fear is he may not know where to play him & get the best out of him. With Dack around I'm unsure he will be brave enough to play another classy player. And I can't see him dropping Dack.

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    Toss in should be the first name on the team sheet

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    There was no excuse for not creating chances. When I saw the line-up, my first reaction was that Holtby should have played instead of Evans, with Travis injured. But then I thought, no, fair enough, we have four attack-minded players, so using Evans and Downing more conservatively is reasonable. (In fact, the midfield was largely bypassed, anyway!)
    Unfortunately, the defence reverted to the worst features of the run last spring.
    Lenihan, in particular, was all over the place in that first half, and you could see the confidence quickly drain away from the rest.
    Seventwo is right about looking at the big picture, but I still think it might be sensible to go to three at the back in the next game - just to shake it up completely.
    When you think about it, we have too many players whose contribution is much too unpredictable. Just take Dack, Armstrong and Rothwell. All three are skilful and good on the ball, but Dack seems to have lost his mojo, and the other two go from excellent to anonymous without warning.
    As I've said many times, it's not just us, but it is frustrating.
    My cousin, the Bristol City fan, has just emailed me to say his team were poor against Reading and very lucky to win. And what are we to make of the Swansea-Stoke result?!
    As for the PL, what has happened to Everton. I thought they had a decent shot of sneaking into the top six this season.
    Football really baffles you at times.
    All the same, I am left a bit shell-shocked by our performance...AND we've got a long wait till the next game.

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