I’VE noticed all three members of the management team watch the game from the dug-out. Would it not be beneficial for either Martyn Booty or John Dungworth to watch the game from the stand and therefore a different vantage point?
THAT’S something the three of us have been talking about.
We’ve been looking at a number of issues in the wake of the two defeats we’ve just suffered – are we training too hard, are we training too little, what could we do differently in the build-up to a match and during it?
I’ve always watched my teams from the touchline, but I have had people sitting in the stand when I was at Barnsley and Oldham, and I may well decide to do the same thing here.
I DON’T condone to booing of Matt Glennon (or any other Town player). But some fans are concerned by our goals against tally. Where do you think the blame lies?
I THINK the blame is collective.
There are one or two goals Matt could maybe have done a bit better with, but I don’t think he’s let any howlers in.
He has also pulled off some superb saves this season, and he’s a player I have full confidence in.
He commands his area, comes for crosses and puts his body on the line.
He’s also very honest, and is the first to hold his hands up if he thinks he’s made a mistake.
Defending is a collective effort from front to back, and all players take their share of responsibility.
AFTER three impressive displays, I thought Ronnie Wallwork had an off day at Doncaster. What was your view?
Jimmy, Holme Valley
I’VE just mentioned collective responsibility, and that applies in terms of tackling and showing desire at Doncaster.
I have seen Ronnie have far better games, but I don’t think it would be fair to single him out for criticism.
The whole side had an off day.
OTHER sides have played against us with three centre-backs, yet we’ve stuck to our usual system. Why did you decide to change the formation at Doncaster? Will you consider using three centre-backs again?
THE thinking behind the 3-5-2 formation at Doncaster was to try and negate their five-man midfield, which is key to the way they play, and also have a chance to pose them a danger down the flanks.
We wanted our central three to sit on their opposite numbers and for our wing-backs to push up and therefore keep theirs pinned back, but we didn’t get the tackles in and keep tight.
AFTER the humiliating performance against Doncaster on live TV why do you allow the players to hoof the ball, bypassing the midfield totally, to forwards incapable of winning or holding the ball up instead of playing it out through midfield. If this tactic is used then why not bring on Boothy, who can hold the ball up?
IT wasn’t a case of wanting to play long balls.
If anything, the plan was the opposite, for the three centre-backs to play the ball out through midfield and for us to use the flanks to get behind their defence.
It didn’t happen because we didn’t settle in the game, and that’s an issue we’ve majored on this week – keeping composed and keeping the ball down so you can play it out of defence in a structured way and into the correct areas of the pitch.
I’m confident we have the players who can do it, but we looked a bit panicky at times and we didn’t produce the necessary movement in any areas of the pitch.
It would have been interesting to see if we’d have settled had we been awarded, and scored, the penalty we should have had when Danny Cadamarteri was clearly pushed in the first half.