I said the same in another thread about Cousins and our right, bizarre decision and a continuation of the Forest game which is even more frustrating.JC wrote: ↑Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:15 pmThis. it seemed so obvious at the time. I do get tired of watching the ball bounce randomly off Jamie Mackie’s shinsDollis Hoop wrote: ↑Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:45 pmWhy does Holloway persist with Cousins at right wing-back? It's not his natural position. And his substitutions are mystifying. I don't know why Luongo was subbed - injured, presumably - but surely the sensible thing would have been to shift Cousins into midfield, his natural position, and bring Wszolek on at right wing back. Holloway has a habit of making things more complicated than they need to be. Bewildering.
IMO you just can't start Smith, he has cropped up with a few but he is hugely limited and his lack of mobility is akin to us playing with ten men. Whilst he is tall, he doesn't have the leap of more agile players so doesn't win as much in the air as is assumed, he seems often happy enough just to get his head on it, rather than test the keeper.
Seeing a starting pair of Smith and Mackie is pretty dispiriting, Sylla I still think has potential to be decent, if not a world beater. He's far more complete a player than Smith. I'd also wager that Washington would outscore Mackie over a stretch, let's just play the pair of them, I don't see any downside. Smith and Mackie both have attributes that make them problematic to other teams and generally can do most damage off the bench if we're chasing a game. Let's use them for that.
I also agree with the criticism of Lynch, he is useful in the opposite team's box, but is an increasing liability when defending (which i perceive to be a result of arrogance but that might not be fair). I think I'd rather have a 3 of Baptiste, Robinson and Bidwell, giving us the chance to use Manning as the left wing-back.
Whether we can continue with the 3 remains to be seen though. I like the formation for this squad, it allows us to try and get the most out of some key players and it's worked pretty well despite the injuries we've suffered at the back; however, it's also been our downfall in the last two games thanks to the space it's left on the right. Whether, as above, that's due to Cousins being misutilised or other teams are just wise to our vulnerabilities now, remains to be seen. What is clear, though is, we can't be as slow to make changes when the formation isn't working.
There are some very good players in that Villa side and they deserved it. They were able to open us up at will. I was sure it was a penalty at the time, hitting Robinson on the wrist. But replays made it look like his leg was actually slightly ahead of his arm and deflected the ball - I'm still not sure, if I'm honest.
What i am pleased about though is we still were only beaten by a single goal. After last week, us chasing the game and with Villa's pace on the break we could have been on the end of another thrashing, but the team continued to battle on. This added fight has been one of the positives of this season, on the pitch i think it's true across the side, but Scowen and Robinson appear to be particularly influential in this respect.
Let's put the last couple of games behind us and try and get that first away win of the season on Tuesday.