The Case For The Defence

Many will rightly suggest that York City will provide a far sterner test on Tuesday night than Ebbsfleet and undoubtedly so given there are ten places between the two sides. Yet we can only deal with or beat who we meet and their attacking quartet on Saturday are certainly no mugs. West, Shakes, Pinny and 10-goal Willock posed problems in the form of height, pace and plenty of physical presence, something that has seen Imps become Wimps for far too long. For once we stould up to the challenge admirably with Farman again aflame between the sticks when called upon.

On paper we have a great defence with fullbacks  Nutter and Sinclair more than capable at this and League 2 level. What caused the headless chicken syndrome, lack of midfield cover apart, was the central defensive partnerships (using the term loosely0  that were anything but. For all their higher league breeding Nelson and Watts cannot form the sort of partnerships we need at this level.   Hind and Gowling as a pair do things as a couple and then extend that to their full backs who are also a key partnership.  Only then can we deal with two on one on the full-back with someone to cover if the cross comes in.

Hinds and Gowling both had great games yesterday and Nutter even pitch in with a goal, smartly taken free kick.  Let us hope the best is yet to come  with  emerging understanding  and fitness levels clearly growing contributory factors in the weeks and months ahead. The opening signs against Wrexham and Ebbsfleet  look positive and if we keep this quintet together you can see the clean sheet bonus money box being raided a few more times before the season is out.

Well played lads,  take a bow all four of you  – onwards and upwards… to York and Scott Kerr who has been eyeing this one for weeks.

Paul Farman
GAMES SAVES CLEAN SHEETS
16 60 4
Josh Gowling
GAMES GOALS ASSISTS SHOTS
13 0 0 6
Richard Hinds
GAMES GOALS ASSISTS SHOTS
3 0 0 1
Mitchell Nelson
GAMES GOALS ASSISTS SHOTS
10 0 0 2
John Nutter
GAMES GOALS ASSISTS SHOTS
20 1 1 8
Tony Sinclair
GAMES GOALS ASSISTS SHOTS
16 0 0 3
Adam Watts
GAMES GOALS ASSISTS SHOTS
11 0 0 3

Posted on November 27, 2011, in Squad, The Case For The Defence and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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