Fair comment about the substitutions. If, and it's a big if, we finish top 6, I'll take a large slice of humble pie, and hopefully it won't choke me. Football can divide opinion just like other subjects and I appreciate we aren't always going to agree. Like I said before, I think it's a missed opportunity, assuming we finish outside the top 6, and I can't see us being up there anytime soon. Perhaps when Pearson, Browne and Davies have been sold, Alex's fringe players will come good.On your second paragraph - yes he would make them changes.
Against Hull - Stockley and Browne come on change the game.
Against Stoke at 0-0 - Nugent comes on and forces a corner which leads to the first goal.
Against Luton at 1-1 - Stockley comes on and scores.
Against Leeds - at 0-0 Maguire come on and crosses for Barky to score.
Against Blackburn - Stockley comes on at half time and changes the game.
There are times when he reacts and there are times when he is proactive. A good manager can’t be proactive all the time and it’s down to the team to make sure we don’t concede.
That’s five off the top of my head of matches in which he has made substitutes to change the game. There are probably
As much as Barky isn't an out and out centre forward, do we currently have a better option?My feelings about playing Barkhuizen as a centre forward hardly need repeating. Frankly if that were to be the eleven I would prefer Sinclair upfront. As it is I would go for that side probably with Rafferty at left-back and either Stockley or Nugent upfront.
Why? Nice guy, can kick a ball well, but what makes you believe he's gonna be a great manager?
That said, Neil has done a very good job in a very competitive division, in which a poor run at any time can leave a decent side looking over their shoulder very quickly. I don’t take it for granted that Alex Neil is doing something very good at Deepdale, and I still get the sense that he’s 3 quality players short - in his own mind - of a top 4 squad (a top ‘keeper like Sam Johnstone, a genuine striker and a quality right back).
I wonder when Neil will tire of having to unearth a cheap gem from somewhere, when he could go to a parachute club and have £30 million to spend.
Only when that happens will we see how well he did with his Deepdale resources.