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The Midfield Balance


Life President
May 29, 2005
Last week, I posted this after the Brighton game.

I've been a critic of Macca... Whilst I value and acknolwedge the importance of his role within the squad, sometimes I think it's overkill having him as well as two other defensive midfielders in the side. I can't argue with results at the moment, but I think this has a lot to do with the sides we've played and the resurgence of Franck Moussa.

The sides we've played recently have either been dreadful (Orient) or in the frame of mind to chase for a win (Leeds and Brighton at the withdean). There's next to no invention in the centre of the park, with Moussa being the only midfielder capable of unlocking a defence with pass.

I think, when we go into games at home against run of the mill teams, like we are this weekend, teams might find it easy to sit back and defend knowing that, Moussa aside, the other midfielders on the park probably won't threaten much.

Now more than ever, after two dismal losses against run of the mill teams where we've created nothing, it's been made quite evident that the midfield we operate doesn't work. It's too defensive where it doesn't need to be, there's next to no width and it's built around accomodating players that aren't performing.

With the team underperforming and us slipping alarmingly close to the relegation zone, it's no longer about us fielding our best players, it's about us fielding our best team... Obtaining a balance in midfield that accomodates just as much in attack as it does in midfield is absolutely vital. Barnard is getting no service whatsoever, and it's leaving an awful amount of pressure on our already fragile midfield.

Something needs to change, and it needs to change immediately...