Barnsley 3 Charlton Athletic 1
I like Ben Garner, he talks thoughtfully and honestly, but he came across uneasily post match tonight.
10 league games, 2 wins and 1 clean sheet, yet an average of around 60% of possession and a total of 4,000 passes. It’s not working Ben.
Not your fault, but sadly the buck stops with you and you have to pick a team that plays to our strengths. Back to basics. Clean sheet, stick Dobson in front of the back four, play two up front, and not Rak-Sakyi.
10 games is lot of people’s barometer for the season. If so the outlook looks dark and thundery. If the budget is really top four Thomas, then what an earth are you paying these L2 sluggers?
Full disclosure. I was on a plane so I missed today’s game… I know, aren’t I the lucky one, but it sounded dreadful despite the odd moments of ‘good football.’ I may not myself be Pep, but passing sideways, clown-like defending and never looking like scoring will not get many points. It will not keep you in a job either.
I’m have long questioned Sandgaard’s blueprint and egotistical and autocratic style, but come on Ben, back to basics.
Ben Garner: “Football is played in the two boxes. Between the two boxes we are good but we have to be better at both ends of the pitch. That’s my responsibility, I’m not putting that on anyone else. It is my responsibility to improve it.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 60% / 40%; Passes – 506 / 350; Accurate passes – 421 / 258; Shots (on target) – 12 (1) / 9 (3)