As much as the defeat to Bristol City shouldn’t be considered as too much of a setback, it frustrated me a great deal. It wasn’t just the result, the Gary Doherty red card or the performance of Andy D’Urso though. It was the team selection and the substitutions made by Gunn.
Fair enough, the team have performed quite well under the former keeper’s stewardship to date. However, as a rule, the team has been very unsuccessful this season. A fresh injection of talent is still needed. Despite this, none of the new January signings started the game and this seems bizarre to me.
I imagine that the thinking behind it was that the team played well at Wolves, so why change it too much. However, Dean Carney – who is on loan from Sheffield United – should have started. He made a real impact at Molineux and would have provided the team with much more balance.
Elsewhere, as much as I am a fan of Jamie Cureton, he hasn’t done enough to warrant a starting place. He needs to be scoring goals regularly, otherwise he doesn’t do enough. Use him from the bench as a fresh pair of legs later on in games.
Instead of Cureton, why not give Alan Gow or Cody McDonald a go alongside Carl Cort? If nothing else, it would have lifted the crowd a bit to have a new signing in the team. Personally, this is the team I would have gone with.
Otsemobor Grounds Doherty Bertrand
Croft Clingan Russell Carney
The only issue I would have had with this team is the fact Otsemobor is playing – but who else is there? – and the fact that Hoolahan is not. However, to me this looks solid and Gunn then has the option of bringing on Cureton and Hoolahan in the second half.
Perhaps this weekend against Preston North End, Gunn will change things a bit. I am so desperate for him to do well and so far he has done ok. The only thing that concerns me though is his slight lack of initiative when it comes to substitutions.
Given the impact Carney made v Wolves for example, why not bring him on against Bristol City? The football odds may well have backed us to create something extra late on then.
Looking at the league table is enough to tell people that the current crop aren’t doing it, so give the new boys more of a go.