Shrewsbury Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1
Something’s not right is it?
There’s no need to put pressure on ourselves, there are 31 games left and we sit nicely placed in the table, but out of the sunshine before the international break, a big dark cloud has settled over us. Will it pass as a rain shower or are big claps of thunder and and flashes of lightning coming?
We know getting out of this league is not easy, but so often all a game needs is someone to show the tiniest bit of quality. Fighting spirit is all very well, but every team in this division plays as if their lives depend on it. Where is the quick counter-attacking, the precise defence-splitting pass, the capability to buy yourself some time with the ball in the middle of the pitch, or even better, the ability to get around an opposing player?
We have a carousel of midfielders that everyone has heard off, but none of them appear able to stamp their authority on a game. Watson and Pratley together only works if we need to see a game out. Gilbey has not impressed, JFC is inconsistent, the jury is out on Maddison, Levitt almost forgotten. Williams? Well, whatever one thinks of the Welshman I struggle see how he was treated yesterday by Bowyer will improve his output.
I’ve been impressed with Shinnie and I’d persevere with Morgan, but while I accept Bowyer likes to rotate, it is detrimental to any kind of coherent style.
Last second penalty or not, leaving with three points would have been daylight robbery, we did not do anywhere near enough to deserve to win the game. A training ground goal, with Williams heavily involved aside, our performance was dross.
Bowyer now has a week to fiddle with his jigsaw puzzle which whilst he quickly threw it together after the transfer window shut, it has been trampled all over in recent weeks. It needs again to start looking like a picture. This team miss an identity, a style, a purpose, that killer instinct. Hopefully it is somewhere in that jigsaw puzzle box.
🗯. “I’m fuming” – Lee Bowyer
🔜. AFC Wimbledon (h)