Time for a leader
By Paul 'Winston' Marsden
Monday 22 Nov 2010 12:30:00
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First of all people, my apologies for the lack of additions to my blog over the last few weeks.  Problems at home resulting in lack of internet access have held me back.  I understand that plenty has gone on since my last article.

So what the hell is going on with our boys?? 6-0 against Villa, 5-1 against the unwashed, unbelievable away victory at the Arsenal and cracking results at the likes of West Ham and Everton to go with an awesome display at the City of Manchester stadium. In amongst all of this we have tripped ourselves up big time with defeats at St James to Blackpool’s, Stokes and fat heads Blackburn Rovers.  Despite these we find ourselves in a league position that if offered to us back in august we would have snapped your hands off.  Confidence was high, faces were smiling and Mr. Hughton seemed to be everybody’s hero. 

Then there was the Reebok stadium. Hmm.  We just didn’t turn up; we played like an unorganised Wimbledon.  We went and tried to play Bolton at their very own boring bully boy game and the plan back fired big time.  They were tougher than us, they wanted it more and in Elmander I reckon they’ve got a cracker. Such good feet. We should have had enough to compete though.  I had us down for a draw on my accumulator thinking that looking at both teams it was probably the most likely outcome.

The lads definitely did miss Joey Barton but for me the biggest miss of all was Chieke Tiote.  No disrespect to Alan Smith but even with match practice I don’t fancy him looking after our back four, so when he has barely played this season what can we expect.  Tiote is a player who in my opinion is better than us.  He would fit well into any of Man U, City or Chelsea’s squads.

I think it’s time for Sol Campbell to play a part now.  Colocinis suspension will give him the chance but even if our curly haired MMA specialist hadn’t been sent off I would be sticking Sol in for either him or Williamson. Either or, it doesn’t matter.  They’ve both had great seasons and in many ways deserve their place, but for me now, more than ever we need a real leader.  Campbell can give this, he would organise us like no one else in the squad can.  Despite his older legs he could become an asset this year.

So now we move on from Bolton and I for one, although I didn’t enjoy that defeat, aunt to worried or downhearted.  We have still had a very decent start to the season. A few little tweaks in the team set up should see us safe quite easily and we all would have taken that if offered to us at start of the season.

Keep fighting lads!!


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