442 at The Valley

Those of you who joined me and my mates ( the three of us) in the sea of red emptiness of the East Stand last night will think I am referring to the total crowd attendance. Close as that may have been to the actual attendance , Well actually no, I am referring to our Karl’s team formation.

We consistently struggle to dominate generally inferior teams at The Valley because Big Josh gets isolated and does not get enough support close to him. It is a recurrent problem . I’m not being critical of any of our midfielders, although it seems to me that having Holmes Reeves and Marshall in the team together is probably one too much luxury.

I absolutely understand why we play this formation away from home and also against the better teams. I also fully recognise that Karl can only play with the tiny squad of front players that he has available to him. However, when he brought Karlan on last night and at last Josh had a mate up front we looked so much better. At the end of the day we were playing Rochdale at home . It was the same story against Bury a few weeks ago , we need to be more direct, straightforward, why not an old fashioned 442 ?

Anyway, in Karl we trust.

Turning to the Back to the Valley dinner which is now a 400 person sell out – whilst it’s great that it’s a sell out – am I the only person who wonders how we manage to get 10% of last nights total crowd to turn up for a relatively expensive dinner. Do these people actually come to matches ? It makes you wonder if it would be more profitable to turn the whole football club into a ‘Come Dine with us’ experience – it was then that I remembered the last nights Crossbars chicken dippers – so maybe not.

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