Team: Johndtone, Hutto, Chester, Baker, Amavi, Hourihane, Lansbury Bjarnason, Adomah, Kodjia, Green
Bench: Bunn, Bree, Elphick, Bacuna, Gardner, Davis, Grealish
So, the first outing for our absolutely brand-new midfield. Come on, lads!
2-0 HT to them. Yeah, right....
New players, same old mistakes. We miss a couple of good chances, then opposition score with their first chance. Heads are dropping all over the pitch, passes going astray, no leadership. Come on ffs have a go !
They need time to gel. How many times have I typed that in the last 3 years.
Sad but true, let's forget play offs etc. Concentrate on making these players we have now into a unit. A team that works for each other and can run for 90 mins.
Bruce needs to be given a break and let him do his job. If the fans get on his back we'll lose him and who do we turn to then. There aren't many left who haven't managed us.
Dead right. Something badly wrong tonight and it's not the players. Poorly set up for this match. When you replace the whole midfield you have to concentrate on basics. Keep it tight. Make sure the midfield and defence are in tune. Tonight we wholly underestimated the opposition. What's been going on on the training ground can't begin to guess. But ultimately it's down to Bruce.
Bruce could be on the verge of going. Tonight shouldn't have happened. If it happens again I think the Dr. will act. Only thing is I don't know how far it's Bruce and how far Calderwood. Calderwood wasn't a Bruce appointment.
Whatever. Forget promotion.
When Calderwood was appointed the club made a point of saying that it was "a club appointment not a manager's one". The argument was that if the manager changes then the club wanted continuity. Bruce professed to be happy with appointment, but then he couldn't say much else. Crazy idea, if you ask me. It undermines the manager's authority.
Makes me wonder because Bruce's tenure changed from very positive before Calderwood was appointed to pretty dismal as soon as he was appointed. Calderwood is likely be in charge of the day to day training, and pre-match preparation.