Well played Gaffer...
I went into today with a myriad of thoughts how this 'shape' would function. Notions of Matt Ball playing deep. Something picked up on the wires. I think this young man is sharp. I think we're if anything uber defensive. The Saints could not penetrate us through the middle. Two revelations for me today. Forbes. Bloody Hell, (sorry for the language), wow. Took control in the middle of the park. Defensive attributes not withstanding. Alongside him, Matt looked energetic. I think there is a slight additional aspect in the middle of the park for it function. I do have a slight qualm with the lack of width and directness of Brooks. The lad is a greyhound. A bit of give and take.
I do think we can function better down the flanks. The lads at 2 and 3 sublime. Class. You can set your watch by the time Perry goes forward, second half. Those crosses can come in from those areas more frequently.
The distribution from Northy is a interesting one for me as well. Early doors, we had no answer. I thought the Saints best moves were initiated from when they gained immediate possession from our goal-kicks and in particular from Big Dave in his familiar role. The new lad got more his share in the air and that is a positive as things went by. I love our right and left back. Get them going in an attacking mode. Forbes, for me, stand-out. Best I've seen him. Corks class. Interesting to see how things manifest when the lad Joe comes back into the fold. Hell, I'm really impressed with what Lee has assembled here. Questions are being answered. We have an identity. Its looking solid. The lad Smith to come back. We've got a brick wall.
Great to see every-one, fellow tech duffers included. Daz deserves a medal for having to cope with us all.
The club-house deserves a mention. This is a club with unique and talented personnel. This season, we have a team to match those credentials. Admiration and respect. Very well done to one and all. In fact outstanding job - now the fun begins.