Because of the goal? I do think Phillips is the answer to the number ten problem but Middlesborough found it too easy to find space in front of our back 4 and they're nowhere near the attacking threat of Norwich whom I though Forshaw had a decent game against..goal aside and I do like Phillips (One of the few to defend him here last season) it's a no for me. Still 50/50 who's best there and we probably need a true number 4 at some point
also poor positioning for their goal
Was stretchered to the dressing room, given oxygen, felt better once in dressing room, taken to hospital as a precaution. According to Phil Hay
Wing backs - Abysmal from both sides
Centre backs - not much to do and Pontus was a menace going forward
Midfield - Disjointed, Phillips too deep and Klich basically on his own in the middle of the park struggled ...
Wings - We got nothing via the wing
Strikers - Roofe full of running and Bamford a little rusty but the best unit on the day
Me too. Had the commentary on and started folding laundry with about three minutes to go. Threw it all up in the air and bounced on the bed when we scored. Valuable point, feels like a win.
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Just back from a walk where I tried to digest what has been happening in this league.
Although overall we don't have the strongest pool of players in the league I think that they deserve a lot of credit. We deserve to be where we are.
Why? Because admit it or not every other club is afraid of us.
I fully understand when the likes of Rotherham play their version of anti-football in an attempt to thwart us but when you see the likes of Stoke, and Boro, teams who were pre-season rivals for promotion contenders playing so negatively at home it says more about them than it does about us. Even WBA got men behind the ball and waited to hit us on the break.
We still remain the team to beat.
Personally I think that Bielsa has to help the players get their mindset right, get rid of the anxiety in our play _-- Always it seems to start with problems at the back, sometimes I think we are in such a rush to get it forward it concentration on doing the basics gets ignored. Midfield we lack a wee bit of physical presence at times but we didn't strengthen in that area in Jan, hopefully we will during the summer. Up front the chances are there.
Hopefully today will galvanise the team, give them confidence going into Wednesday and do doubt another 70/30 war of attrition.
6 points are a must from the next two matches.
Edit: Oh and thanks for the streams and the company during the game
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