By the sounds of things, I’m bloody glad I did.
Now, I didn’t think we’d get a result at Stamford Bridge today, but being totally outplayed with no shape and worst of all, no apparent plan. It all made for depressing catching up.
And as a pro-Mick Wolves fan, this is when my first real doubts are starting to come into my head. The majority of this stems from his tactical choices today.
Why play a negative 4-5-1 when we are playing a Chelsea team are low on confidence and have struggled at the back this season?
Why not play with a more attacking minded centre midfielder playing just off Fletcher? Chelsea play with a deep midfielder. Our centre midfielders play far too deep. Massive gap in the middle of the pitch between our central midfielders and Fletcher. So what’s going to happen? Play a long ball upto him, which will get cut out easily, played to Romeu who will have the time and space to play a simply pass for Chelsea to start up again.
And again, why play Ward, our most consistent performer this season, out of his favoured position? What happened last time we did that? Elokobi was ripped to shreds by QPR, and Shaun Wright Phillips in particular. So who should we play to try and keep Daniel Sturridge out of the game?…
Although to be fair to Stephen Ward, he was a most effective attacking player today…which is pretty worrying…
So, what can we take from today, aside from repeating the above?
We looked at our best when Jarvis and Ward drifted in, especially in the final third as Ward’s chance shown. And this is something that I picked up on a while ago that we should be doing, but still aren’t.
Off the ball diagional runs right at the CBs are going to be difficult to defend against. Both full backs and centre backs need to quickly make decisions about their positioning and exactly who to track. Naturally CBs would mark the strikers, but with wingers running at them too? And do the FBs track or hold the line? These are things we should be exploiting, and having players with pace like Jarvis doing this would make it far more effective as well as leaving space for the full backs to exploit.
Secondly, and quite simply, Jarvis is much better on the left. He is much better than Stephen Hunt on the left. He has also looked like producing something when he has come on as a sub recently. So let’s start him next game, hey?
Look Mick, let’s just have a quick, private chat. This is a bit of a heart-to-heart with you. A one-to-one. Just me…and you.
I think you’re great, you’ve done so much for us. But there comes a time where doubt starting creeping into even the most loyal fans’ minds, and that time is now.
Prove me wrong on Sunday Mick. Prove to me we are where we belong. Show me that soon I can stop dreading watching us play.
I know you can do it Mick, please, please, don’t let me down.