York City to look for a higher division striker if goal problem persists

York City to look for a higher division striker if goal problem persists

York City to look for a higher division striker if goal problem persists

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YORK City boss Nigel Worthington could look to loan a young striker from a higher division if his team continue to fire blanks.

The Minstermen have managed more shots than their opponents in all seven of their fixtures this term but are yet to taste victory in 2014/15 and have only scored once from open play.

Having also failed to net in their last two outings - against Wycombe and Barnsley - Worthington is now looking for his players to demonstrate, during tomorrow's SkyBet League Two match at Stevenage, that the answer to the team's goal problems still lies within the current squad.

If the don't, he could follow the example of Johnstone's Paint Trophy conquerors Barnsley, who had on-loan Manchester City teenager Devante Cole on target during their midweek win.

"We inquired about a couple of players before the transfer window closed but there was nothing doing," Worthington revealed. "Not many people let you have out-and-out strikers who finish well and you are probably looking at young strikers from higher up the leagues.

"Basically, somebody that might be frustrated because they have so many top-class players in front of them and they're not getting a game. The loan window will be opening next week and, if we have to go down that route we will do, but the players have got a chance to put things right against Stevenage tomorrow and, hopefully, take some chances.

"It is also down to if and when someone is available and they have to be the right person to fit into our group."

The City chief added, however, that the responsibility for a lack of firepower should not be levelled solely at the door of the club's forwards, reasoning: "It's a squad thing, not a striker thing.

"We have to be positive to make things happen. We have good players who I have got faith in but, at some stage, we have to make all our good build-up play count because, if you don't take your chances, sooner or later the opposition will and, then, you are fighting an uphill battle."

Worthington is hoping last season's 13-goal leading marksman Wes Fletcher will be fit enough to make his first league start since mid-February after being substituted during the interval at Oakwell due to a hamstring twinge.

"He's improving," the Bootham Crescent boss said of Fletcher's condition. "We will have a look at him tomorrow morning to see where he's at.

"We won't risk him, but it seems to be settling down and we will see how he reacts to doing some work."

Midfielder Tom Platt, meanwhile, is ruled out with a minor ankle problem that should clear up in time for him to be back in training next week.

With his team just one match short equal of a Football League record of six successive draws at the start of a season, Worthington is taking psychological encouragement from being one of four teams in the division still unbeaten - the others are high-flying trio Burton, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury - even though his players could have still lost three matches and picked up more points with a couple of wins.

"You prefer more points no matter how you get them but the fact that we are unbeaten in the league is a little plus from a mental point of view," he explained. "We've just got to go out and get three points.

"We have a method of playing and it's important we stick to it, because it works for us. We've just got to start taking our chances."

Ahead of their latest challenge, Worthington has also told supporters not to necessarily expect the direct and muscular style of play that Stevenage boss Graham Westley has built his reputation on in the past.

He said: "We will have to deal with their set plays but I think anybody who labels them long ball is wrong. We have watched them and they are knocking it about a bit more."

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5:17pm Thu 4 Sep 14

pip007 says...

Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?
Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write? pip007
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Thu 4 Sep 14

pip007 says...

Or maybe just proof that we could manage the team pretty well with groupthink?
Or maybe just proof that we could manage the team pretty well with groupthink? pip007
  • Score: -5

5:21pm Thu 4 Sep 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I sincerely hope that out own strikers find their scoring boots soon. For most teams are looking for a goal-scorer. I read some comments by the Alfreton Manager Nicky Law, who is enquiring about loaning players from league clubs. He said "All they seem to offer you are academy players, but they are not strong enough for the Conference Premier". So I hope that Mr Worthington is successful in finding a young striker who will be good enough to play in Division Two.
I sincerely hope that out own strikers find their scoring boots soon. For most teams are looking for a goal-scorer. I read some comments by the Alfreton Manager Nicky Law, who is enquiring about loaning players from league clubs. He said "All they seem to offer you are academy players, but they are not strong enough for the Conference Premier". So I hope that Mr Worthington is successful in finding a young striker who will be good enough to play in Division Two. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 10

7:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Monks Boss says...

Wooohoooo..result ! knew i was talking sense along with very few others.This is where our season starts well done NW.
Wooohoooo..result ! knew i was talking sense along with very few others.This is where our season starts well done NW. Monks Boss
  • Score: -6

8:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bill bailey says...

pip007 wrote:
Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?
HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ?
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?[/p][/quote]HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ? bill bailey
  • Score: -5

9:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Yorkie41 says...

bill bailey wrote:
pip007 wrote:
Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?
HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ?
Remember our little chat Bill some time ago about I was not convinced on 3G pitches, It would appear that for the 2016 matches in Andora which is where Wales will be playing they will be having further tests on their pitch because the ball rolls to fast on their artificial surface and if it is not made suitable the match will have to be played some other place.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?[/p][/quote]HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ?[/p][/quote]Remember our little chat Bill some time ago about I was not convinced on 3G pitches, It would appear that for the 2016 matches in Andora which is where Wales will be playing they will be having further tests on their pitch because the ball rolls to fast on their artificial surface and if it is not made suitable the match will have to be played some other place. Yorkie41
  • Score: 0

9:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

joejamestom says...

Sounds to me like NW is thinking the obvious out loud really, just how long he is prepared to wait & monitor the situation is speculation & any striker brought in will be not so good for our existing front players confidence. I really just hope the squad start finishing their chances & get into those tap in positions on time as I still think the overall squad quality is improved from the start of last season but we were very poor defensively then. Hope we do well against Westleys lot.
Sounds to me like NW is thinking the obvious out loud really, just how long he is prepared to wait & monitor the situation is speculation & any striker brought in will be not so good for our existing front players confidence. I really just hope the squad start finishing their chances & get into those tap in positions on time as I still think the overall squad quality is improved from the start of last season but we were very poor defensively then. Hope we do well against Westleys lot. joejamestom
  • Score: 6

9:26pm Thu 4 Sep 14

we can do it says...

I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.
I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view. we can do it
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bill bailey says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
pip007 wrote:
Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?
HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ?
Remember our little chat Bill some time ago about I was not convinced on 3G pitches, It would appear that for the 2016 matches in Andora which is where Wales will be playing they will be having further tests on their pitch because the ball rolls to fast on their artificial surface and if it is not made suitable the match will have to be played some other place.
Yes I do Yorkie, but there was no Testing the pitch when England played Russia in a European qualifier a couple of years ago they played on a G3, The English FA have approved the surface can be used in all FA cup matches starting this season and clubs outside the league can use them for league matches, In Andora the air is thinner that is a factor or the players want to speed up a bit,
I'm an old todger like you and they say us old un's don't like change but I can see the advantages in it, even more so with Football and Rugby being played at the new stadium, Rugby is played on the surface down South. I have recently read that clubs in Switzerland , Germany. Austria and
Spain have changed to G3 this season, when I went to Portugal earlier in the year I was taken to see Sporting Lisbon training grounds it about 40 acres of which a quarter are G3 that kids play on up to about 15 yrs old, we are getting left behind in this country, After watching England the other night that's where we will stay unless a totally different approach is made to our game , Nice to have a word Yorkie keep well.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?[/p][/quote]HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ?[/p][/quote]Remember our little chat Bill some time ago about I was not convinced on 3G pitches, It would appear that for the 2016 matches in Andora which is where Wales will be playing they will be having further tests on their pitch because the ball rolls to fast on their artificial surface and if it is not made suitable the match will have to be played some other place.[/p][/quote]Yes I do Yorkie, but there was no Testing the pitch when England played Russia in a European qualifier a couple of years ago they played on a G3, The English FA have approved the surface can be used in all FA cup matches starting this season and clubs outside the league can use them for league matches, In Andora the air is thinner that is a factor or the players want to speed up a bit, I'm an old todger like you and they say us old un's don't like change but I can see the advantages in it, even more so with Football and Rugby being played at the new stadium, Rugby is played on the surface down South. I have recently read that clubs in Switzerland , Germany. Austria and Spain have changed to G3 this season, when I went to Portugal earlier in the year I was taken to see Sporting Lisbon training grounds it about 40 acres of which a quarter are G3 that kids play on up to about 15 yrs old, we are getting left behind in this country, After watching England the other night that's where we will stay unless a totally different approach is made to our game , Nice to have a word Yorkie keep well. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Yorkie41 says...

bill bailey wrote:
Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
pip007 wrote:
Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?
HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ?
Remember our little chat Bill some time ago about I was not convinced on 3G pitches, It would appear that for the 2016 matches in Andora which is where Wales will be playing they will be having further tests on their pitch because the ball rolls to fast on their artificial surface and if it is not made suitable the match will have to be played some other place.
Yes I do Yorkie, but there was no Testing the pitch when England played Russia in a European qualifier a couple of years ago they played on a G3, The English FA have approved the surface can be used in all FA cup matches starting this season and clubs outside the league can use them for league matches, In Andora the air is thinner that is a factor or the players want to speed up a bit,
I'm an old todger like you and they say us old un's don't like change but I can see the advantages in it, even more so with Football and Rugby being played at the new stadium, Rugby is played on the surface down South. I have recently read that clubs in Switzerland , Germany. Austria and
Spain have changed to G3 this season, when I went to Portugal earlier in the year I was taken to see Sporting Lisbon training grounds it about 40 acres of which a quarter are G3 that kids play on up to about 15 yrs old, we are getting left behind in this country, After watching England the other night that's where we will stay unless a totally different approach is made to our game , Nice to have a word Yorkie keep well.
And take care yourself.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Well, how about that! Proof that Nigel reads the messages we write?[/p][/quote]HI Pip. I'm putting two and two together. I wonder ?[/p][/quote]Remember our little chat Bill some time ago about I was not convinced on 3G pitches, It would appear that for the 2016 matches in Andora which is where Wales will be playing they will be having further tests on their pitch because the ball rolls to fast on their artificial surface and if it is not made suitable the match will have to be played some other place.[/p][/quote]Yes I do Yorkie, but there was no Testing the pitch when England played Russia in a European qualifier a couple of years ago they played on a G3, The English FA have approved the surface can be used in all FA cup matches starting this season and clubs outside the league can use them for league matches, In Andora the air is thinner that is a factor or the players want to speed up a bit, I'm an old todger like you and they say us old un's don't like change but I can see the advantages in it, even more so with Football and Rugby being played at the new stadium, Rugby is played on the surface down South. I have recently read that clubs in Switzerland , Germany. Austria and Spain have changed to G3 this season, when I went to Portugal earlier in the year I was taken to see Sporting Lisbon training grounds it about 40 acres of which a quarter are G3 that kids play on up to about 15 yrs old, we are getting left behind in this country, After watching England the other night that's where we will stay unless a totally different approach is made to our game , Nice to have a word Yorkie keep well.[/p][/quote]And take care yourself. Yorkie41
  • Score: -3

8:29am Fri 5 Sep 14

anth!! says...

we can do it wrote:
I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.
Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer.
[quote][p][bold]we can do it[/bold] wrote: I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.[/p][/quote]Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer. anth!!
  • Score: 0

10:01am Fri 5 Sep 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

anth!! wrote:
we can do it wrote:
I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.
Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer.
Don't people realise that the transfer window is closed now. Which club in its right mind has a player available on loan who is a striker of repute? None.

Goals have got to come from a change in coaching routines and tactics and judging by his record NW will have to hand that job to someone else who knows how to better NWs career average of one goal per match.
[quote][p][bold]anth!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we can do it[/bold] wrote: I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.[/p][/quote]Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer.[/p][/quote]Don't people realise that the transfer window is closed now. Which club in its right mind has a player available on loan who is a striker of repute? None. Goals have got to come from a change in coaching routines and tactics and judging by his record NW will have to hand that job to someone else who knows how to better NWs career average of one goal per match. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 0

10:18am Fri 5 Sep 14

anth!! says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
anth!! wrote:
we can do it wrote:
I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.
Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer.
Don't people realise that the transfer window is closed now. Which club in its right mind has a player available on loan who is a striker of repute? None.

Goals have got to come from a change in coaching routines and tactics and judging by his record NW will have to hand that job to someone else who knows how to better NWs career average of one goal per match.
Of course people know the transfer window is closed, so NW should have sorted the goal scoring problem earlier then, not come out now & say we might go for a striker on loan.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anth!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we can do it[/bold] wrote: I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.[/p][/quote]Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer.[/p][/quote]Don't people realise that the transfer window is closed now. Which club in its right mind has a player available on loan who is a striker of repute? None. Goals have got to come from a change in coaching routines and tactics and judging by his record NW will have to hand that job to someone else who knows how to better NWs career average of one goal per match.[/p][/quote]Of course people know the transfer window is closed, so NW should have sorted the goal scoring problem earlier then, not come out now & say we might go for a striker on loan. anth!!
  • Score: -5

10:55am Fri 5 Sep 14

FortessBC says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
anth!! wrote:
we can do it wrote:
I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.
Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer.
Don't people realise that the transfer window is closed now. Which club in its right mind has a player available on loan who is a striker of repute? None.

Goals have got to come from a change in coaching routines and tactics and judging by his record NW will have to hand that job to someone else who knows how to better NWs career average of one goal per match.
NW would have expected his strikers to hit the net on a more regular basis so far this season. Most strikers will bang goals in all day long in training but come match day it is not always as simple as that. NW is known for patience and supporting his players so it would have been wrong to buy a non-proven striker just before the window closed. The loan market will offer NW the oportunity to bring in a striker for a 3 month loan perhaps and then the window opens again in January. He proved it last season with his selection of loan players. In Nige we trust
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anth!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we can do it[/bold] wrote: I reckon a skilled striker would kick start our lads. I had hoped Cresswell would have fitted that but not to be. We need someone by the end of the month in my view.[/p][/quote]Need a striker asap, cant wait any longer.[/p][/quote]Don't people realise that the transfer window is closed now. Which club in its right mind has a player available on loan who is a striker of repute? None. Goals have got to come from a change in coaching routines and tactics and judging by his record NW will have to hand that job to someone else who knows how to better NWs career average of one goal per match.[/p][/quote]NW would have expected his strikers to hit the net on a more regular basis so far this season. Most strikers will bang goals in all day long in training but come match day it is not always as simple as that. NW is known for patience and supporting his players so it would have been wrong to buy a non-proven striker just before the window closed. The loan market will offer NW the oportunity to bring in a striker for a 3 month loan perhaps and then the window opens again in January. He proved it last season with his selection of loan players. In Nige we trust FortessBC
  • Score: 3

11:16am Fri 5 Sep 14

nomadic85 says...

It's not the strikers that have been the issue. Our two main strikers are Hyde and Fletcher. Both have had injuries and have barely completed a 90 minutes between them. We haven't seen them together for more than 10 minutes either. That said neither of them are guilty of missing a lot of guilt edge chances. The problem for me has been the supply. All our play seems to come from wide, and Meikle and Straker have been poor when it comes to the final ball. Both have looked impressive and both have engineered positions themselves to be able to deliver with their skill/pace but the final ball has been appalling at times.
It's not the strikers that have been the issue. Our two main strikers are Hyde and Fletcher. Both have had injuries and have barely completed a 90 minutes between them. We haven't seen them together for more than 10 minutes either. That said neither of them are guilty of missing a lot of guilt edge chances. The problem for me has been the supply. All our play seems to come from wide, and Meikle and Straker have been poor when it comes to the final ball. Both have looked impressive and both have engineered positions themselves to be able to deliver with their skill/pace but the final ball has been appalling at times. nomadic85
  • Score: 4

11:19am Fri 5 Sep 14

nomorenursing says...

I think most people on here will have read NW's comments regarding the loan/transfer market. We are not a big club, we do not have a big fan base, we do not have the financial clout of other clubs. The acquisition of players such as Hyde, Lowe, Straker, Meikle etc have shown that we can attract footballers of some quality at our level. The threat by NW to bring in a possible loan striker is just another 'kick up the a**e' metaphotically speaking, to our misfiring frontline. NW really doesn't really want another player on loan, he just wants our strikers to perform to prove his trust in buying them in the first place. He readily jettisoned Bowman, he will readily terminate the contracts of those that don't perform as well. NW is in the same position as 91 other League managers, trying to get the right balance within a reasonable budget. Even the mega wealthy Chelskies and Mancunians of the hyper-inflated Premier League world have there problems with this. This is the frustrating part of football for the supporter. Because for any club the fans will always be looking for The Perfect Team. I have every confidence that City will begin to turn this around soon. Unbeaten in the league, playing really well overall but for a couple of games. The dam will burst! The net will bulge! The fans will cheer! Keep the Faith out there. By the way. Amazing away support at Barnsley t'other night. And just for JPT tie. Not many other clubs can boast that kind of away support. Plus a mention for Radio York's coverage on Tuesday night. I have to say that I am beginning to warm to the new format. The commentary was lively and instructive, and didn't feel sterile at all. But please change the record Chris Jones (next one to be axed I think), there must be other ex-city players that can offer a new perspective. If Radio York are to truly progress their commentary format, how about a guest commentator now and again, just a thought. Looking forward to upcoming games at home (might even get to Dagenham if one can convince the missus)!
I think most people on here will have read NW's comments regarding the loan/transfer market. We are not a big club, we do not have a big fan base, we do not have the financial clout of other clubs. The acquisition of players such as Hyde, Lowe, Straker, Meikle etc have shown that we can attract footballers of some quality at our level. The threat by NW to bring in a possible loan striker is just another 'kick up the a**e' metaphotically speaking, to our misfiring frontline. NW really doesn't really want another player on loan, he just wants our strikers to perform to prove his trust in buying them in the first place. He readily jettisoned Bowman, he will readily terminate the contracts of those that don't perform as well. NW is in the same position as 91 other League managers, trying to get the right balance within a reasonable budget. Even the mega wealthy Chelskies and Mancunians of the hyper-inflated Premier League world have there problems with this. This is the frustrating part of football for the supporter. Because for any club the fans will always be looking for The Perfect Team. I have every confidence that City will begin to turn this around soon. Unbeaten in the league, playing really well overall but for a couple of games. The dam will burst! The net will bulge! The fans will cheer! Keep the Faith out there. By the way. Amazing away support at Barnsley t'other night. And just for JPT tie. Not many other clubs can boast that kind of away support. Plus a mention for Radio York's coverage on Tuesday night. I have to say that I am beginning to warm to the new format. The commentary was lively and instructive, and didn't feel sterile at all. But please change the record Chris Jones (next one to be axed I think), there must be other ex-city players that can offer a new perspective. If Radio York are to truly progress their commentary format, how about a guest commentator now and again, just a thought. Looking forward to upcoming games at home (might even get to Dagenham if one can convince the missus)! nomorenursing
  • Score: 4

11:30am Fri 5 Sep 14

nomorenursing says...

nomadic85 wrote:
It's not the strikers that have been the issue. Our two main strikers are Hyde and Fletcher. Both have had injuries and have barely completed a 90 minutes between them. We haven't seen them together for more than 10 minutes either. That said neither of them are guilty of missing a lot of guilt edge chances. The problem for me has been the supply. All our play seems to come from wide, and Meikle and Straker have been poor when it comes to the final ball. Both have looked impressive and both have engineered positions themselves to be able to deliver with their skill/pace but the final ball has been appalling at times.
Totally agree nomadic 85. As I have said previously, the game at Tranmere more than highlighted that very fact, and in most of the games since. The 'gelling' process is seemingly taking longer than expected, and the injuries haven't helped either. Frustrating isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]nomadic85[/bold] wrote: It's not the strikers that have been the issue. Our two main strikers are Hyde and Fletcher. Both have had injuries and have barely completed a 90 minutes between them. We haven't seen them together for more than 10 minutes either. That said neither of them are guilty of missing a lot of guilt edge chances. The problem for me has been the supply. All our play seems to come from wide, and Meikle and Straker have been poor when it comes to the final ball. Both have looked impressive and both have engineered positions themselves to be able to deliver with their skill/pace but the final ball has been appalling at times.[/p][/quote]Totally agree nomadic 85. As I have said previously, the game at Tranmere more than highlighted that very fact, and in most of the games since. The 'gelling' process is seemingly taking longer than expected, and the injuries haven't helped either. Frustrating isn't it? nomorenursing
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Jamin 1 says...

I'm not sure the suggestion that we should have signed a striker when the transfer window was open rather than look to the loan market necessarily holds true.

The parent club (particularly at a higher level) wouldn't want to sell on a decent prospect, but may be more than happy to loan him out to allow him to develop.

The talent pool available through the loan system may differ from those who were available in the full transfer window, and this could work in our favour.
I'm not sure the suggestion that we should have signed a striker when the transfer window was open rather than look to the loan market necessarily holds true. The parent club (particularly at a higher level) wouldn't want to sell on a decent prospect, but may be more than happy to loan him out to allow him to develop. The talent pool available through the loan system may differ from those who were available in the full transfer window, and this could work in our favour. Jamin 1
  • Score: 6

9:24pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Anysport says...

nomorenursing wrote:
nomadic85 wrote:
It's not the strikers that have been the issue. Our two main strikers are Hyde and Fletcher. Both have had injuries and have barely completed a 90 minutes between them. We haven't seen them together for more than 10 minutes either. That said neither of them are guilty of missing a lot of guilt edge chances. The problem for me has been the supply. All our play seems to come from wide, and Meikle and Straker have been poor when it comes to the final ball. Both have looked impressive and both have engineered positions themselves to be able to deliver with their skill/pace but the final ball has been appalling at times.
Totally agree nomadic 85. As I have said previously, the game at Tranmere more than highlighted that very fact, and in most of the games since. The 'gelling' process is seemingly taking longer than expected, and the injuries haven't helped either. Frustrating isn't it?
I would suggest it is not just a gelling process, but poor coaching, NW is insistent that the wide men just run in a straight line to the bye line and lump the ball in if they get there! Pretty easy to defend against and unproductive. The forwards need to have the freedom to move off one another creating using space. Both backs are well capable of overlapping runs but the straight line theory just doesn't give them the space nor opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]nomorenursing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nomadic85[/bold] wrote: It's not the strikers that have been the issue. Our two main strikers are Hyde and Fletcher. Both have had injuries and have barely completed a 90 minutes between them. We haven't seen them together for more than 10 minutes either. That said neither of them are guilty of missing a lot of guilt edge chances. The problem for me has been the supply. All our play seems to come from wide, and Meikle and Straker have been poor when it comes to the final ball. Both have looked impressive and both have engineered positions themselves to be able to deliver with their skill/pace but the final ball has been appalling at times.[/p][/quote]Totally agree nomadic 85. As I have said previously, the game at Tranmere more than highlighted that very fact, and in most of the games since. The 'gelling' process is seemingly taking longer than expected, and the injuries haven't helped either. Frustrating isn't it?[/p][/quote]I would suggest it is not just a gelling process, but poor coaching, NW is insistent that the wide men just run in a straight line to the bye line and lump the ball in if they get there! Pretty easy to defend against and unproductive. The forwards need to have the freedom to move off one another creating using space. Both backs are well capable of overlapping runs but the straight line theory just doesn't give them the space nor opportunity. Anysport
  • Score: 2

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