Environment vs Genetics
Gotta say, I really felt for the manager today. Just on an emotional basis. Passed Howie, fully clothed final whistle, looked down. Sod that. No-one has heaped more praise on the Met in the last decade than I. Ironically, with the Harrow, maybe in the play-offs. Similar to ourselves and the style of Gary, (tremendous achievement aside), may all to get over the line. First pre-requisite, we survive this season. Beyond that, bigger picture, I want to see what this young man can deliver. I do think we have the scope in terms of chacteristics to formulate a more dominant side - more Southern Coastal. It is a blank page. for I personally, felt akin to something from the depths of hell. In reality, nothing of the sort. Just another ninety minutes. A deluge of thoughts on the individuals. The loss of Matty a key notion. It maybe coming together and manifest over the next couple of home games. A somewhat typical day at the Met kinda day - it's what we can unleash going foward in terms of dominance will for me be the prevailing chacteristic. That is somewhat different from the past - and something to hold onto going foward. As painful as this is, we have to go through it. Totally beyond these lads and the manager - things can change for the better just as quickly. I do maintain this is an opportunity to formulate a powerful machine like, dominant identy. Right at the bottom, it's most propostrious to make such an announcement - ironically, I maintain it's the point to start it's implementation.
Re: Environment vs Genetics
Danny Bonness aside, I couldn't see one department that looked especially functional yesterday. The defence was cut wide apart for each of the goals. The midfield lacked cohesion and didn't show any sustained physical presence (there's no Maclarens or Corcorans to win the ugly headers). The forwards looked decidedly weak and continually ran off-side.
The Met were no great shakes but it was telling that they still beat us 3-0 and only really conceded one clear scoring chance (at 0-1). Just as we were getting on top, we produce a woeful corner (try putting someone on the near post to at least cause confusion from the under-hit ccorners!!!!) and even more woeful set-up as Met countered.....0-2....game over.
Taking a look at the wider picture, it seems to me that Machete-gate has harmed us more than perhaps we thought it might.
Edited by Deadman at 13:38:50 on 13th January 2019
Can't argue with any of the above as per the game. I do think the Met was a particularly difficult place for us to go on the day and with regards to where we are at. For me the Met never change their style. I don't think they had to be at their best to turn us over - which tells us where we are. My one take-away is that for me, it was the first time since the downturn where you could actually assess what credentials some of these lads have in terms of diagnosis. In terms of personnel, it will envariably change, but we have no definable style. We have to start somewhere. I think the lad Brown broke up play - not much else - doesn't win ariel stuff which is a downside. The central combo remains un-tried until Matty comes back. If he's available Tuesday, I would partner him alongside McVey to see how they shape up. Question mark over McVey. I think the lad is neat and tidy and does some reasonable interventions. He does offload close at hand - sideways or back. How much more drive and scope he has in his locker remains un-known. We need continuity and to find the right players for their roles. This is the only way we can move on as ugly as it may be at times. The movement of the Met provide them with numerous options in possession. Mazzone out wide, targeted with goal-kicks, supported down the flanks enabling them to get balls into the box. Lessons perhaps for Calcutt. I think we miss Chaps with his delivery - our set-pieces have been poor. Our backs have to re-engage in an attacking sence, not just hoping the lads in front can deliver. I do think we have the premise with something to work with - I havn't thought for that for weeks. Good opposition on the horizon may actually bring more out of us. I do think we can at the very least start to find some answers and hopefully move on.