Dan Ellard wrote: For tomorrow, I agree with those suggesting that we drop a CM back alongside MacLeod and into a 3-4-1-2 to be more conservative. We don't want MacLeod to get overloaded by an opposition press, it would enable us to play out from the back more effectively, and it would provide more support to our wing backs and outside centre backs. Mayor can then play a bit higher and hopefully be even more of a creative influence.
I completely disagree that we should go to a back 4. Lowe has moulded a squad around players that suit a back 3. Left back would have to be Law with Sawyer out injured, and there's no good fit at all at right back - we'd probably end up having to shove a centre half out there who would pose no attacking threat.
If Wimbledon play a back 3 as they did last week, I'd want us to play two strikers who are really good at working the channels off the ball and dragging their outside centre backs out to isolate the middle CB and create space. Early days of course but I haven't seen that much from Nouble in that regard so far, and Moore's movement was always impressive playing up front - it was his finishing that let him down. Also, Wimbledon have got some big centre halves who are good in the air, so I don't see Nouble getting much change out of them. We should look to stretch them with our play, not get drawn into an aerial battle with them.
Subs: Ruddy, Watts, Law, Grant, Nouble, Telford, Lolos.
Yep, like this team and the adjusted formation. Jephcott doesn't look like he's going to make it, and neither Nouble nor Telford have impressed so far. Moore seems the obvious answer.
Be happy with a solid, unspectacular point.