Kemp Posted November 11, 2018 Report Share Posted November 11, 2018 (edited) Yesterday's game completely turned when Stephen McGinn came on. Unfortunately on this website there a lot of people who just don't understand anything about football and have been on Stephen's back this season. As I had been saying, we would notice when he is not there. He is a presence in midfield, can win the ball, pick out a pass, split an opposing defence - and he is the only player we have that can do that. (And yes, he has had a few bad games this season, Im not denying that.) Kyle Magennis was the one other bright light yesterday, one of his best performances for us I thought. At times he seemed to be everywhere, either driving the team forward or making long runs back to recover the ball. Ethan Erhahon looks ready to take the step up now, and although struggling at times yesterday due to being played out of his position showed he has the cool head required to perform in a relegation battle. It is time for Kearney to stop tinkering with formations and line-ups, get a settled tactical approach in place and make these three St Mirren Academy graduates the heart of the team. With Samson and Ferdinand at the back and Jackson up front we would finally have a strong spine to the team. Willock can compete with Erhahon in the middle of the park as well. As delighted as I was to see the back of Stubbs, Kearney has been making some bizzare decisions which have contributed to our woeful run of form. Cammy MacPherson, Erhahon, Paul McGinn all being played out of position has weakened the team on numerous occasions. Ian McShane and Ryan Edwards being on the park at this stage is just ridiculous. I can't fault Edwards for effort but as an attacking threat in the Premier League? It's laughable! Yesterday we ended up with Paul McGinn giving the ball away cheaply and Kenny Miller standing unmarked for the Dundee equaliser. We also had a first-half spell where our defence was all over the place and we couldn't retain the ball for more than 3 seconds - get the ball and punt every time. Even at the end when we were well on top we wasted possession constantly with Hodson and Edwards just ballooning the ball out the pitch. This is all down to selecting poor players and not having a properly drilled game plan and formation. We couldn't even take throw-ins properly most of the game! After the international break, get these guys in at the heart of the team. McGinn, Eckersley, Baird and Ferdinand across the back. And use McGinn and Magennis' qualities to actually get the ball to the feet of Jackson, Smith and Mullen up front. Stop experimenting, drill one system, and get the best players in the team! Edited November 11, 2018 by Kemp 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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