Writer: Vital Tyke
Date:Saturday March 10 2012
The recent defensive selections, particularly away from home, coupled with the recent performances - a far cry from football we were playing only a few months a go has got me thinking about the managers` current mind set regarding the current playing staff.
Has Hill lost faith in this current group of players to play the brand of football he likes to play and get the results by playing that way? I think he has a little bit as has been shown in some recent team selections.
Some very defensive selections as if we`ve set out not to get beat. We`ve never been good at sitting back, getting men behind the ball and trying to hold on, we need to win games by playing the football we`ve played for the majority of the season.
We`re always going to concede at least 1 goal so a playing for a 0 - 0 is certainly out of the question.
We have lost some of our more creative players but if he persists with his style the players will get it eventually. He had other less gifted ones able to get it earlier in the season after a very poor start.
And if we are going to lose these games anyway I for one would rather us lose by going for it and by playing an attractive brand of football.
The Coventry game was more Mark Robins than Keith Hill. Negative from outset. 6 defenders in the team, 1 striker isolated with no support, a midfield packed with defenders, defensive midfielders and no creative spark. That`s not a Keith Hill team.
Get your faith back in your footballing philosophy and in this group of players and let`s go for it.
Easy for me to say I know.
It hasn`t been easy. To lose our best 3 outfield players in Butterfield, Vaz Te and Drinkwater has certainly been hard. All our creativity and main goal threat out of team and it`s hard to replace.
Not only that we also miss the energy, work rate and passion of O`Brien and Perkins.
Those 5 players were the heartbeat of our team and to find ourselves without all of them within such a short space of time has proved difficult to replace.
Players such as Tonge and Smith haven`t played much football and need a bit of time and games under their belts.
Reds fans keep the faith I have confidence in the long run and firmly believe that Hill is the right man for the job.
Date:Saturday March 10 2012
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