- Jul 21, 2010
Back home. It's going to take me a bit of time to unwind. Where do I start? First every single player gave everything. They were really fired up, even in the warm up routines. Swansea played what appeared to be a 4 2 1 1 2. I didn't expect Joe Allen to start and he and Grimes sat back and controlled the game. Tactically, it allowed the Swansea C Hs to drop deep and negate Delap and Cannon's pace. Latibeaudiere was switched from R.B to L.B. A good move as I predicted Alvaro's pace would destroy him. I didn't expect Manning to play up front, and I don't think Preston did. My only criticism of Preston tonight was that they came with a game plan to press Swansea without spending a few minutes working out how Swansea were set up. Sadly it went pear shaped in the first two minutes. Full credit to Preston for the early substitutions, change of shape and fight back in the second half. Bambo looked comfortable with Piroe and had to be the quickest player on the pitch. I think he should be starting but I really don't want to criticise anyone.
Two excellent posts Mr S. In broad brush terms, I agree very much. We showed real attacking intent throughout - but were outthought in the first half (though we played pretty well when we had the ball). Second half, we really went gung ho - and were robbed by at least one terrible refereeing decision. not to red-card their defender for bring down Cannon.
There's a fine line between being "fully up for it" and being a bit reckless. We seemed to be somewhere on that line throughout, and it didn't quite pay off. Ultimately, when we should have been rampaging for an equaliser in the last few minutes, Ryan lost his head and the embarrassing fracas killed our momentum. Not professional and extremely frustrating. BUT, as I say, it's a fine line. If Ryan hadn't been so pumped up, maybe the team would also never have had the energy that they showed. I reckon we rolled the dice, and it didn't work.
Rovers at home is about the best possible fixture to be moving onto now. It might still go pear-shaped, but there's got to be a chance that the occasion lifts the players. And if we win, then a target of 6 points from two games will look more like Pendle than Ben Nevis! Let's hope we get no further suspensions. Maybe your post about the fracas will be used against us!