06 Dec 2017 18:31:37
Bolton is a must win game imo otherwise questions will be asked to say the least! I'd really strongly urge Warbo to go all out attack and play 442 with Walker or Cummings supporting Murphy up top and a bit of pace down both the wings, Carayol, Ward or McKay. Also either Bridcutt or Vaughn (but not both) covering as defensive midfielder freeing up another place for an attacking midfielder like Dowell or Clough behind the 2 strikers. I did urge this selection against Ipswich with their key defenders injured or suspended but Warburton opted for a sideways, ponderous team which must have pleased McCarthy no end. Bearing in mind our defensive frailties attack is sometimes the best form of defence so for God's sake let's have a bloody go at them on Saturday! COYR!

1.) 06 Dec 2017
06 Dec 2017 19:06:56
With all respect stokey,he's not going to play 442, walker is starting to get the hang of it on the right and gets himself into scoring positions,agree on Vaughan,looking his age now for me,tries hard but legs have gone,like to see McKay given a free roll in midfield and Carayol on the left,but I'm confident we'll win know matter what team he puts out, only other thing he might change is go three at the back,can't see any other formationbeing put out.

2.) 06 Dec 2017
06 Dec 2017 21:26:29
I'm not feeling good about Saturday, Bolton will not be a pushover, and our defence looks non-existent, let's hope the fans can inspire the lads, as a win before the next round of tough matches is a must.

3.) 06 Dec 2017
06 Dec 2017 22:35:45
How would anybody like to change our defence ?? Eric is very popular and can do no wrong. Worrall plays for England under 21. Mancienne is the captain and a great defender and Trarore. My view is the midfield don’t help the defence or they are not organised or it’s Zonal marking can anyone tell me why 4 very good players let in so many goals or is it Smith that is the root of the problem

4.) 06 Dec 2017
06 Dec 2017 23:10:41
It's more the midfield for me doc,they havn't got a tackle in em.
All I see is midfield backing off or sticking legs out,hence the amount of free kicks we concede in bad areas.
Osborn for all his energy hasn't got a tackle in him,that's why he doesn't get suspended with bookings he just backs off,Vaughan hasn't got the legs for it,Dowells not got a tackle in him,McKay hasn't,Carayol certainly hasn't,boukalkis for all his build hasn't,Bridcutt goes in and gets booked most games and is probably just about the best we've got.
It's a soft midfield,imo we need a least one solid defensive midfielder,otherwise we will carry on conceding.
On the defence as well as conceding they don't score either,that has to change.
Long term to be successful you need goals from all over the park.
Full backs need to get a few one centre half needs to chip in with 5.
Midfield other than Dowell and McKay there are no goals,that's a reason I'd sell Osborn if any takers,he runs all day can't tackle and can't score more than 2 to five a season ,same with Vaughan and Bridcutt,for me that's a lot of the problem,I'm sure that's been noted and if like to see us sell Osborn and bring in stronger players to allow the likes of McKay clough Dowell to show their class,they are the boys who have that defence splitting pass and can score.

5.) 07 Dec 2017
07 Dec 2017 09:05:05
Definately the defence for me??? Couldn't "defend" a set-piece for toffee!!! Just look at the GA column.

6.) 07 Dec 2017
07 Dec 2017 09:28:38
I agree FF79, the defence is not the problem but the midfield’s defensive skills. Lansbury is a missing link and a younger combative injury free Chris Cohen

7.) 07 Dec 2017
07 Dec 2017 13:30:58
You are joking doc m. Did you see Lansbury's tackles - most of them cost us a yellow or red card. He had no idea how to tackle. We won't see CC back I'm afraid, sadly his days are over.

8.) 07 Dec 2017
07 Dec 2017 20:33:48
The dynamics of the midfield, and the defence are the areas that need improvement.