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Re: Gosport Post Match Chat - Part 2

By rwakeley3/2/2022 14:36Thu Feb 3 14:36:58 2022In response to Gosport Post Match Chat - Part 1

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It's early days in the Lee Allinson era and given the fact this is his first full season, I think overall we are shaping up vrey nicely indeed. Notwithstanding, I have issues and many go back to us joining the Southern. Honestly, with Joe in mind,
I don't think we can fully replicate the Met model. I don't think we can implement the same degree of movement.
I do believe, as my chosen benchmark, we can take aspects from them.
I've always maintained going 3 up top is only as plausible as those chosen for the role. Gary's second play-off side, well that threesome would probably decimate most sides in this division. I have a caveat with that. That was an injury-free season. FWIW, I believe defensively we are struggling somwhat generally in this regard. I think are fowards tend to press to high and can leave our right and left backs exposed. The good sides in this division from Weymouth to Hayes probe for weakness and once found usually score more than one identical goal from these positions.
So, I do think our passing game needs work. The loss of just one component - let alone several can be harsh irrespective of depth of personnel. I do think we need a plan B for certain types.
Personally, I am a staunch advocate of the lad in Tommy Brewer role. I equally maintain should the chosen one in that position not possess the same qualities a whole different approach is applicable rather than trying to compensate.
In the present climate, knowing just how difficult this role can be to fill, I would not mind in this mode to try and go without. I think this may give our midfield more time to breathe and to fully utilise their credentials in a constructive mode. Things like linking up and winning headers!
I have major issues at SJP with regards to how we have continually let oppositions in around the hour mark. Teams playing with a high line have overran us and a large component of games have swung in the favour of the oppositions at around this time. Goals conceded in this 15min period in games where we have actually scored first has been continually evident.
A criticism I made of Gary's sides, more of a sideways swipe, was disappointment at our performances on big away days at higher graded clubs. Never outplayed, but equally not convinced of victory, I do think these games can be won by having a more rounded style. I look how others come to SJP and pass neat triangles, or their backs cross as soon as crossing the halfway line for a target man. I do think we need to bring in other aspects just for game management purposes.
I think Lee is putting in a very solid foundation. There are some things for that need ironing out. Time should serve the lad well. The lad's a winner.

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