August 27, 2017 by notjustpumpkinbread
Well, you win some, you lose some.
And in our current climate of rebuilding, that’s what we’re going to do.
It felt like a game too far really.
The players looked fatigued.
And Leeds looked like a team that was hard to break down. Like waves crashing into a harbour wall, our efforts were repelled. But let’s be honest, we could still be playing and we still wouldn’t have scored.
In a game of very few chances, Leeds took theirs and we struggled to create ours.
But that’s ok.
If someone had offered you 6th place going into the international break, you’d have ripped their arm off! I know I would!
So here are my takeaways from the game:
- I’m not sure whether I would have started Bridcutt. Maybe he felt like he needed to try a bit too hard – show Leeds what they were missing. He had an “OK” debut, but I’m sure he’ll integrate into the team nicely and show us what he’s really about.
- This was the second game in a row when The Mighty Bouch didn’t last much beyond half time. Perhaps it’s conditioning; perhaps MW felt he needed to change it up – like the Newcastle game. Who knows?
- I think it’s time to give Eric a start. Darikwa is a great attacking option, but I think Eric provides better defensive cover. In fairness, against Newcastle he looked uncomfortable in that advanced wing-back position, standing on the half-way line. He’s better with his marauding runs from deep than receiving the ball that far up the pitch. Either way, I’d look to him for the next game.
- Dowell could probably have done with a rest. Maybe MW felt he had one more game in him and that the international break would provide the rest he needs. Personally, I think it was a game too much for him and giving Clough a start may have been the better option.
There’s not a lot else to say really. I’m not going to go through the entire team. Suffice to say, we were under par and rolled over by a Leeds team who knew how to nullify us.
We’re at the beginning of our journey.
This is the most exciting group of players I’ve seen for a number of years. Let’s hope their individual potential and the potential of the team as a whole is realised. And I don’t see why it wouldn’t be with someone like Mark Warburton at the helm.
COME ON YOU REDS!!!