Oxford United 2 Charlton Athletic 1
I’m not one for looking at the league table or casting season-long aspersions after three games, but I would like to see a glimmer of possibility, a framework, a promising player, a style of play, but today was again poor.
After a pre-season of much hype of player acquisitions, a defined style of play and rock n’ roll what has been served up so far has been pretty uninspiring. We were a long way second-best today, overrun in midfield, error prone in front of our own goal and bereft of attacking ideas…. the long hoof in the general direction of Stockley’s head will become very tiresome, very soon.
We are so short of quality, even L1 standard. Oh for crocked Chuks on the bench. Charlie Kirk was understandably given more time off to mourn the loss of his father, so 20-year old Charlie Clayden got a few minutes as part of Adkins’ pathway to the first team project. He was better than DJ though who touched the ball 7 times in 63 minutes according to people that count these sort of things. Had to be better than watching. The stream was a full couple of seconds behind the commentary, so we got to hear about Oxford scoring twice before we could see it. It was not a good day.
This is a huge season for Albie Morgan, but I tend to back Bowyer on this in that he is better as a holding midfielder than a 10. Morgan ballooning over the bar in injury time may become the season trademark.
I do hope not, there are 9 months to go and a million games, but we need more players and frankly Nigel Adkins needs to do a lot better. Big game on Tuesday.
Mr. Positivity: “There’s several situations we could have done better with. We get ourselves back in the game, we had little spells, they had spells. It was very stop-start the game for me. I’m really disappointed that we didn’t get anything from the game.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews
As you say, after a promising pre season, it’s now all going Pete Tong.
Adkins must’ve been watching a different game to me Oxford were better than us all over the pitch,and we finished up getting what we deserved…..nothing.
We had no quality,no spark,no endeavour,no ideas,and………no points.
I am quickly coming to the conclusion that Adkins isn’t a master tactician and that his ‘positivity’ is just a way of covering up the cracks of the inability of the current squad to compete for a place in the top half of the division.
Half a dozen quality players needed,and soon !!!!
You can be a cynical old bugger at times CA but you’re spot on today – Gunter/Mathews/Dobson/DJ indescribably woeful, Morgan got on the ball and was more positive than most but a finisher/no.10 he ain’t.
I just hope nige has been bending his ear tonight coz this squad needs serious investment. Hadn’t even heard of half our subs today.
Cullen/Aribo/Djikstil/Taylor/Bielik is the benchmark.
I was actually going to write that to Morgan’s credit he did actually want the ball and outplayed Clare and Dobson.
I have visions od another ‘Head on a stick” season of hoofing it which as I remember didn’t fare us too well then!
And listening to Adkins in the post match he talks a lot of using Stockley’ strengths, which to me only underscores the way he has now identified us to play.
Chicago spot-on post and hearing 4 minutes of utter dribble from Adkins and could have stated in 30 seconds.
Frankly very very poor indeed and stop the talk the talk and that word action.
There’s no quality and even Mr Positvity is and sounding dejected.
Sums it up lump the ball up to Stockley and he only had 3 players surrounding him!!!
Adkins clearly can get teams promoted as he has done it three times before but he needs the players and this starting 11 is short of three (a left back, a central midfielder and a proper No.10) to be in competition for top six.
As they say, if you only have lemons make Lemonade …. if you don’t have offensive midfielders then play long ball. Nigel doesn’t have any options at present but hopefully Kirk will change that.
Morgan is played on the left because the other options are right footed. Morgan is stronger on his right foot and is presumably considered a better option to play on the left than the others. If Kirk comes in on the left then Morgan can be played on the right which should help his game