I would like to point out that any comments I make about players that are negative, are not a reflection on there overall performance, but are my thoughts on how they can improve further. As for my views on who should be in the starting lineup, again that is not me saying so and so is better than him, or that I would make a better manager, it’s just my opinion and if you ask nicely I will go in to detail and explain. Feel free to argue my choice but don’t ever call me “a so called fan”!
Now for the Wolves game and wow what a difference. We are now seeing the influence of good player management and an emphasis on movement off the ball. The first 20 minutes where still nervy by the Reds, but once we got the running off the ball going, it helped push back Wolves and gave our Midfield a bit more time on the ball, we could knock it about and create some space in behind. Last week I had a moan about Spearing and Lucas, my main gripe was working out who was holding. I’m gutted I we did not see Spearing again this week, but Lucas was awesome running off the ball and supporting Raul and Torres, so will it be Lucas replaced Gerrard, or Gerrard coming in at the holding position instead of Spearing or Poulson? Personally now I would like to see Gerrard come back in where he made his name and keep Lucas as the support player. Yes I know that’s a bit of u-turn, but I also said last week that Lucas is a far better player when given licence to go forward, especially his link work around the box.
In the second half we let Wolves back into the game, by sitting back and not getting in there faces when they had the ball, we were 2-0 up and letting them have a go at us. At least when we did win the ball back and finally put a foot through it and cleared, the whole team followed it out, from that we had some good breaks, but also relieved the pressure. What I would like to see more of though in the coming weeks is more possession. We do not need to get forward so quickly all the time, use the width and patience, pull them out and create space for the off the ball movement!
I would like to hear what you think of Skrtle at the moment, to me he looks very unsure, slow and a liability at time. Against Everton and Wolves I was worried about players getting 1 on 1 with him, he also does not look great in the air. Is it just me or should Kyri be in alongside Agger?