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Garcia to continue Albion squad rotation

The Argus: Oscar Garcia after the Ipswich game Oscar Garcia after the Ipswich game

OSCAR Garcia is poised to continue a squad rotation policy to help Albion cope with five games in the next fortnight, four of them away from home.

The head coach brought back Matt Upson for Lewis Dunk, Keith Andrews for Dale Stephens and left David Lopez out of his Championship squad for the first time this season against Ipswich.

The Seagulls' strength in depth will be tested by trips to Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers, Barnsley and Leicester, a stamina-sapping sequence of fixtures interrupted by Middlesbrough's visit to the Amex on Saturday.

Oscar said: “We have a lot of games and we have to see how the players feels, how they train, if they are fit enough to play some games in a row.

“That's why we decided to change some players. It’s a problem for me to pick only 18 players, because all the players deserve to be in the squad.”

Albion seek a third successive away win at Hillsborough tomorrow night, a feat they last achieved 18 months ago.

Meanwhile, striker Craig Mackail-Smith is expected to continue his comeback from more than a year out of first team action with Achilles, ankle and groin injuries in the development team against QPR at the Amex tonight (7pm).

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6:38am Mon 24 Mar 14

JeffLomer says...

Not always the answer rotating your team, I always thought you should start with your best eleven on the pitch for every game, and bring someone in for injuries like we bought dunk in for greer then Upson played well in both then dropped back to the bench, im not sure what that achieves to a player starting him then back on the bench when you played well.
If we are rotating please don't start with Keith Andrews or foster caskey
there not good enough to start games one is to slow and the other goes missing in games, start kaz more often he scares defenders with his pace!!
Not always the answer rotating your team, I always thought you should start with your best eleven on the pitch for every game, and bring someone in for injuries like we bought dunk in for greer then Upson played well in both then dropped back to the bench, im not sure what that achieves to a player starting him then back on the bench when you played well. If we are rotating please don't start with Keith Andrews or foster caskey there not good enough to start games one is to slow and the other goes missing in games, start kaz more often he scares defenders with his pace!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 17

6:52am Mon 24 Mar 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Rotation is all very well if you're winning games, but if rotation equals defeat, then the strength in depth reflected in the article is non-existent. No point getting to the end of the season saying: "Well we finished 8th but we rotated the squad really well."
Our best eleven is good enough to beat most in this division, but in my view, our squad isn't.
Rotation is all very well if you're winning games, but if rotation equals defeat, then the strength in depth reflected in the article is non-existent. No point getting to the end of the season saying: "Well we finished 8th but we rotated the squad really well." Our best eleven is good enough to beat most in this division, but in my view, our squad isn't. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 21

6:56am Mon 24 Mar 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Rotate or stick - it matters not a jot, this squad of players is nowhere near good enough to win promotion. The remainder of the season should be used to decide which players to keep for next season. Personally I'm looking for a mass clear out.
Rotate or stick - it matters not a jot, this squad of players is nowhere near good enough to win promotion. The remainder of the season should be used to decide which players to keep for next season. Personally I'm looking for a mass clear out. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -5

7:47am Mon 24 Mar 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

A daunting seizes of matches coming up which realistically could produce a very low return on the points front. Still, looking on the bright side we do quite well away from home. That's as positive as I can get this morning!
A daunting seizes of matches coming up which realistically could produce a very low return on the points front. Still, looking on the bright side we do quite well away from home. That's as positive as I can get this morning! Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 3

7:49am Mon 24 Mar 14

Albion In Staffs says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Rotate or stick - it matters not a jot, this squad of players is nowhere near good enough to win promotion. The remainder of the season should be used to decide which players to keep for next season. Personally I'm looking for a mass clear out.
Perhaps that is exactly what OG is quietly doing? But I don't advocate a mass clear out.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Rotate or stick - it matters not a jot, this squad of players is nowhere near good enough to win promotion. The remainder of the season should be used to decide which players to keep for next season. Personally I'm looking for a mass clear out.[/p][/quote]Perhaps that is exactly what OG is quietly doing? But I don't advocate a mass clear out. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: -1

8:05am Mon 24 Mar 14

Steveg1958 says...

I don't see Leicester, Burnley and Derby rotating their squads too much ! but then I guess they have English managers who understand the Championship !, I am not saying we need an English manager per se but just one who seems to know how to attack teams. Oscar seems to be saying players are tired, Poor dears. I always thought your best eleven plays as much as possible, which fosters understanding of how each other plays and greatly enhances performances. I am willing to reserve judgement on Oscar but this squad is not good enough to rotate because we o not have 25 players of a similar high standard
I don't see Leicester, Burnley and Derby rotating their squads too much ! but then I guess they have English managers who understand the Championship !, I am not saying we need an English manager per se but just one who seems to know how to attack teams. Oscar seems to be saying players are tired, Poor dears. I always thought your best eleven plays as much as possible, which fosters understanding of how each other plays and greatly enhances performances. I am willing to reserve judgement on Oscar but this squad is not good enough to rotate because we o not have 25 players of a similar high standard Steveg1958
  • Score: 9

8:43am Mon 24 Mar 14

AlanDuffy says...

For me, squad rotation is not the issue - we have players who can come in and perform and maybe it's good to rest players from time to time, but then look at Burnley, who have a settled team and are the surprise package of the season. I think we are 3-4 players short of a team capable of getting into the Premiership, I think Oscar knows this, is making the most of what we have and we will see changes in the close season. However, I do wish we had a Plan B, the passing game is fine and possession stats look good on paper, but without the players to make runs or play the killer pass, we are always going to struggle to score. It's all very well for opposing managers to praise the way we play - they must be delighted, they know how we play and can set-up to negate us. I think Mick McCarthy did just that on Saturday.
For me, squad rotation is not the issue - we have players who can come in and perform and maybe it's good to rest players from time to time, but then look at Burnley, who have a settled team and are the surprise package of the season. I think we are 3-4 players short of a team capable of getting into the Premiership, I think Oscar knows this, is making the most of what we have and we will see changes in the close season. However, I do wish we had a Plan B, the passing game is fine and possession stats look good on paper, but without the players to make runs or play the killer pass, we are always going to struggle to score. It's all very well for opposing managers to praise the way we play - they must be delighted, they know how we play and can set-up to negate us. I think Mick McCarthy did just that on Saturday. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 14

9:02am Mon 24 Mar 14

tug509 says...

Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.
Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!. tug509
  • Score: 11

9:15am Mon 24 Mar 14

East of CrawleyDown says...

It does seem as though Oscar has possibly decided that we won't go up this season and wants to give other squad players a run out. We are still only 3 points adrift with games to play, so why not just stick with the strongest available and really go for it? At least then we know we tried.
It does seem as though Oscar has possibly decided that we won't go up this season and wants to give other squad players a run out. We are still only 3 points adrift with games to play, so why not just stick with the strongest available and really go for it? At least then we know we tried. East of CrawleyDown
  • Score: 12

9:17am Mon 24 Mar 14

wiseman of hove says...

A worrying lack of flexibiity with our coaching pair. Some would say stubbornness. Plan B? Non existent.
Settled team? - it would not happen even if we had 100% fitness. I'm still smarting from the poor team setup on Saturday.
A worrying lack of flexibiity with our coaching pair. Some would say stubbornness. Plan B? Non existent. Settled team? - it would not happen even if we had 100% fitness. I'm still smarting from the poor team setup on Saturday. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 10

9:31am Mon 24 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

tug509 wrote:
Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.
The problem is that no-one on here can even agree on what our best 11 is. Some want Greer, some want Dunk. Some prefer Calde over Bruno, and vice versa. Some want KLL to start every game, others reckon he's at his best as a sub. Ditto Andrews/Stephens, Lingard/March, JFC/Dave. Etc etc etc.

The answer is we don't really have one best 11, and in any case your best 11 may change depending on the opposition.

As for the suggestion above by someone else that we should, in effect, give up this season and experiment, when we're so close to the play-offs... REALLY?
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.[/p][/quote]The problem is that no-one on here can even agree on what our best 11 is. Some want Greer, some want Dunk. Some prefer Calde over Bruno, and vice versa. Some want KLL to start every game, others reckon he's at his best as a sub. Ditto Andrews/Stephens, Lingard/March, JFC/Dave. Etc etc etc. The answer is we don't really have one best 11, and in any case your best 11 may change depending on the opposition. As for the suggestion above by someone else that we should, in effect, give up this season and experiment, when we're so close to the play-offs... REALLY? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 11

9:59am Mon 24 Mar 14

The unwilling Frenchman says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.
The problem is that no-one on here can even agree on what our best 11 is. Some want Greer, some want Dunk. Some prefer Calde over Bruno, and vice versa. Some want KLL to start every game, others reckon he's at his best as a sub. Ditto Andrews/Stephens, Lingard/March, JFC/Dave. Etc etc etc.

The answer is we don't really have one best 11, and in any case your best 11 may change depending on the opposition.

As for the suggestion above by someone else that we should, in effect, give up this season and experiment, when we're so close to the play-offs... REALLY?
Some very interesting posts. Although I agree to some extent with Arnie, I believe there are some common themes.
Firstly, pick your best eleven and stick to it,
Secondly , start with KLL as your extra striker up front, he always puts pressure on the opposition, something we usually lack.
Third, most agree ,that apart from isolated games, JFC, KA and DL have been our weakest players.
The attacking midfield player we lack exists on the staff, yet mystery surrounds his ,(KA, ) non appearance this season,
I hope Will Hoskins is given a go off the bench in the next five games.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.[/p][/quote]The problem is that no-one on here can even agree on what our best 11 is. Some want Greer, some want Dunk. Some prefer Calde over Bruno, and vice versa. Some want KLL to start every game, others reckon he's at his best as a sub. Ditto Andrews/Stephens, Lingard/March, JFC/Dave. Etc etc etc. The answer is we don't really have one best 11, and in any case your best 11 may change depending on the opposition. As for the suggestion above by someone else that we should, in effect, give up this season and experiment, when we're so close to the play-offs... REALLY?[/p][/quote]Some very interesting posts. Although I agree to some extent with Arnie, I believe there are some common themes. Firstly, pick your best eleven and stick to it, Secondly , start with KLL as your extra striker up front, he always puts pressure on the opposition, something we usually lack. Third, most agree ,that apart from isolated games, JFC, KA and DL have been our weakest players. The attacking midfield player we lack exists on the staff, yet mystery surrounds his ,(KA, ) non appearance this season, I hope Will Hoskins is given a go off the bench in the next five games. The unwilling Frenchman
  • Score: 5

10:13am Mon 24 Mar 14

fratsomrover says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
A worrying lack of flexibiity with our coaching pair. Some would say stubbornness. Plan B? Non existent.
Settled team? - it would not happen even if we had 100% fitness. I'm still smarting from the poor team setup on Saturday.
I can only echo your sentiments. Why stick to the plan that delivers so few goals. Tactically we need another plan. I dont accept we have a limited or weak squad. We are considerably better off than Burnley, but they have devised a plan to get the best out of the limited ability of their squad.
I'm not against squad rotation, though I feel we should always play our strongest team. With a good squad, which we have, we should not be inconvenienced. We have players with great touch and skill, we have one or two with electrifying pace and we do have a very competent centre forward. What we dont have is a system of play which utilises these qualities to the best effect and that is a coaching issue.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: A worrying lack of flexibiity with our coaching pair. Some would say stubbornness. Plan B? Non existent. Settled team? - it would not happen even if we had 100% fitness. I'm still smarting from the poor team setup on Saturday.[/p][/quote]I can only echo your sentiments. Why stick to the plan that delivers so few goals. Tactically we need another plan. I dont accept we have a limited or weak squad. We are considerably better off than Burnley, but they have devised a plan to get the best out of the limited ability of their squad. I'm not against squad rotation, though I feel we should always play our strongest team. With a good squad, which we have, we should not be inconvenienced. We have players with great touch and skill, we have one or two with electrifying pace and we do have a very competent centre forward. What we dont have is a system of play which utilises these qualities to the best effect and that is a coaching issue. fratsomrover
  • Score: 10

10:15am Mon 24 Mar 14

tug509 says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.
The problem is that no-one on here can even agree on what our best 11 is. Some want Greer, some want Dunk. Some prefer Calde over Bruno, and vice versa. Some want KLL to start every game, others reckon he's at his best as a sub. Ditto Andrews/Stephens, Lingard/March, JFC/Dave. Etc etc etc.

The answer is we don't really have one best 11, and in any case your best 11 may change depending on the opposition.

As for the suggestion above by someone else that we should, in effect, give up this season and experiment, when we're so close to the play-offs... REALLY?
Good Morning Arnie ,yep all true ,but I think the main problems Saturday was not using our width to create space ,and starting with a weakened side ,I would have liked to see Kaz on from the start ,Will and Kaz would have spread them right across the pitch ,instead they only had one side to defend ,the Ipswich lads don't rate their right back ,apparently he is a make shift MF ,so not to play Kaz on the left wing is crazy ,and personally I would have chose Stephens instead of Andrews ,nothing against KA ,but DS has been getting better every game ,and might have caused them more problems in the middle .As it is we are going to SW 3 points light ,and now a win is all that can retrieve the momentum ,we would have had the luxury of taking a point away ,but that wont do now imho !. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.[/p][/quote]The problem is that no-one on here can even agree on what our best 11 is. Some want Greer, some want Dunk. Some prefer Calde over Bruno, and vice versa. Some want KLL to start every game, others reckon he's at his best as a sub. Ditto Andrews/Stephens, Lingard/March, JFC/Dave. Etc etc etc. The answer is we don't really have one best 11, and in any case your best 11 may change depending on the opposition. As for the suggestion above by someone else that we should, in effect, give up this season and experiment, when we're so close to the play-offs... REALLY?[/p][/quote]Good Morning Arnie ,yep all true ,but I think the main problems Saturday was not using our width to create space ,and starting with a weakened side ,I would have liked to see Kaz on from the start ,Will and Kaz would have spread them right across the pitch ,instead they only had one side to defend ,the Ipswich lads don't rate their right back ,apparently he is a make shift MF ,so not to play Kaz on the left wing is crazy ,and personally I would have chose Stephens instead of Andrews ,nothing against KA ,but DS has been getting better every game ,and might have caused them more problems in the middle .As it is we are going to SW 3 points light ,and now a win is all that can retrieve the momentum ,we would have had the luxury of taking a point away ,but that wont do now imho !. UTA tug509
  • Score: 4

10:41am Mon 24 Mar 14

mickp99 says...

tug509 wrote:
Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.
What a dopey thing to say. Has tug even watched a game this year. First of all, I don't know what squad rotation he thinks took place. Maybe bringing in Andrews for Stephens, but that's hardly a direct swap when they play in different positions. Everybody else has shown they are clearly Oscar's first choice in that position, apart from JFC, and he has played pretty much every game when Orlandi has been injured.
Secondly, does he think we were outplayed on the weekend? There is more to the game to the scoreline (although based on a lot of comments on here most people don't seem to know about what went on other than the score). We played well. We lost. It happens.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.[/p][/quote]What a dopey thing to say. Has tug even watched a game this year. First of all, I don't know what squad rotation he thinks took place. Maybe bringing in Andrews for Stephens, but that's hardly a direct swap when they play in different positions. Everybody else has shown they are clearly Oscar's first choice in that position, apart from JFC, and he has played pretty much every game when Orlandi has been injured. Secondly, does he think we were outplayed on the weekend? There is more to the game to the scoreline (although based on a lot of comments on here most people don't seem to know about what went on other than the score). We played well. We lost. It happens. mickp99
  • Score: -2

10:49am Mon 24 Mar 14

Claude Back says...

......and also Ulloa looks isolated and lonely as a b*stard on Fathers' Day. We have said it all season but Garcia won't change from playing only one real striker. So, what is the point of CMS and Will Hoskins coming back as Garcia has openly stated a few weeks ago that he will not play two strikers together?
......and also Ulloa looks isolated and lonely as a b*stard on Fathers' Day. We have said it all season but Garcia won't change from playing only one real striker. So, what is the point of CMS and Will Hoskins coming back as Garcia has openly stated a few weeks ago that he will not play two strikers together? Claude Back
  • Score: 5

10:59am Mon 24 Mar 14

Claude Back says...

Oh, please don't mention Lingard. He is not playing as a striker and we seem to have brought him down to our level....like we have done with all the other loan strikers. ;-)
Oh, please don't mention Lingard. He is not playing as a striker and we seem to have brought him down to our level....like we have done with all the other loan strikers. ;-) Claude Back
  • Score: 6

11:21am Mon 24 Mar 14

tug509 says...

mickp99 wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.
What a dopey thing to say. Has tug even watched a game this year. First of all, I don't know what squad rotation he thinks took place. Maybe bringing in Andrews for Stephens, but that's hardly a direct swap when they play in different positions. Everybody else has shown they are clearly Oscar's first choice in that position, apart from JFC, and he has played pretty much every game when Orlandi has been injured.
Secondly, does he think we were outplayed on the weekend? There is more to the game to the scoreline (although based on a lot of comments on here most people don't seem to know about what went on other than the score). We played well. We lost. It happens.
Well I watched the Ipswich game does that count ? . I`m well aware of all of the stats for Saturdays game ,65% possession 22 shots so on ,but the rotation I mentioned is in two key positions ,and you agreed with me on both the players I mentioned ,so what is your gripe ?. No I do not think we were outplayed ,but we were out smarted ,McCarthy knew how to play us ,personally I believe we would have still won ,if we had of used all the benefits of such a wide pitch ,who plays one winger on a wide pitch ? makes no sense ,a bit like you !. UTA
[quote][p][bold]mickp99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Squad rotation is what lost us the Ipswich game ,you always play your strongest team ,we lost an easily winnable game ,because we didn`t start with our strongest 11 ,now we are chasing our tails to win at Sheff Wed ,up to now I have been totally behind Oscar ,but I do not agree or support this self destructive stupidity .The one team to surprise the league is Burnley ,guess what ,they don`t use squad rotation ,nor most the others in our league ,so why choose the last 10 games to play Russian roulette with our season ?!.[/p][/quote]What a dopey thing to say. Has tug even watched a game this year. First of all, I don't know what squad rotation he thinks took place. Maybe bringing in Andrews for Stephens, but that's hardly a direct swap when they play in different positions. Everybody else has shown they are clearly Oscar's first choice in that position, apart from JFC, and he has played pretty much every game when Orlandi has been injured. Secondly, does he think we were outplayed on the weekend? There is more to the game to the scoreline (although based on a lot of comments on here most people don't seem to know about what went on other than the score). We played well. We lost. It happens.[/p][/quote]Well I watched the Ipswich game does that count ? . I`m well aware of all of the stats for Saturdays game ,65% possession 22 shots so on ,but the rotation I mentioned is in two key positions ,and you agreed with me on both the players I mentioned ,so what is your gripe ?. No I do not think we were outplayed ,but we were out smarted ,McCarthy knew how to play us ,personally I believe we would have still won ,if we had of used all the benefits of such a wide pitch ,who plays one winger on a wide pitch ? makes no sense ,a bit like you !. UTA tug509
  • Score: 4

2:07pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Poolegul says...

First I have to say that I agree with those who advcate stickng to the best team and replace those injured when necessary. The prudent use of subs also allows rotation to degree One of he problems the manager must have with a large squad is how to keep the, in effect, reserves motivated - the answer is maybe a smaller higher quality squad!! On a more contentious subject I am not convinced that the management want promotion (yet). We are a competent Championship side but not Premiership - and I often wonder how many of the players also realise this and ponder their future if promotion were achieved!!
First I have to say that I agree with those who advcate stickng to the best team and replace those injured when necessary. The prudent use of subs also allows rotation to degree One of he problems the manager must have with a large squad is how to keep the, in effect, reserves motivated - the answer is maybe a smaller higher quality squad!! On a more contentious subject I am not convinced that the management want promotion (yet). We are a competent Championship side but not Premiership - and I often wonder how many of the players also realise this and ponder their future if promotion were achieved!! Poolegul
  • Score: 0

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