Regardless of how many signings we make, I’m getting fed up with watching home games on Valley Pass where we are attacking one minute with 6 or 7 of our players in and around the opposition penalty box and then the move breaks down and either their goalie punts it downfield or one of their defenders and all of a sudden they are one on one with our centre half or sometimes even Ben Amos. Lets face it, last night, Pompey had enough chances to score six or seven. Marquis in particular missed 3 open goals. Its not just last night its been every home game for weeks now.
The loss of Inniss and Famewo has been huge BUT we’ve got two other decent League 1 centre halves with JP and Deji. I think it is a fundamental mistake not to play people in their natural positions when available. Jason may have made a couple of mistakes recently but he’s also the same bloke who kept Mitrovic in his pocket just last season- he is a proper centre half and should have played last night which allows Gunter to play a right back which is his proper position.
But the biggest problem is that we are far too open defensively at home. You could drive a double decker bus between Maatsen and Matthews, the wing backs and the 2 central defenders. Add to that Pratley ( who I love) is playing 5 or 10 yards too far forward so the central defenders are getting no protection, particularly if he loses the ball. Shinnie and Morgan don’t offer enough defensively, so we are constantly overrun.
In Curbs day , we would set up more defensively at home and let the opposition come at us for a while and then break quickly with pace.
If we are to get anywhere this season , which looks increasingly unlikely, we’ve got to stop letting goals in at home. Its all very well Bow saying we didn’t need to bring in any new defenders in this window and I can accept that argument, but then he can’t keep setting the team up to let in a minimum of 2 goals, sometimes 3 or 4 goals against the better attacking units.
We have to have a platform to play from and that means changing the system to enable us to win 1-0 at home.