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Back after the “Christmas Break” it’s the thoughts of the Old Sage.

Well a lot has happened since my last offering which was I believe after the Charlton away game. It’s difficult to know what to make of it all really, but I think we can safely say that Kenny Jackett and his staff are doing a pretty good job to have sitting comfortably in seventh place. Our run through November and December was excellent and showed the benefit of a largely settled side, with some of the experienced heads restored to the line up. The sudden rush of injuries to Rose, Evans, O’Keefe and Haunstrup have left our resources very threadbare, down to “bare bones” as somebody may have once said. 

This was most notable at Bristol Rovers on New Year’s Day where our bench basically included 4 players who we were not going to use. We desperately need some extra bodies in central midfield and defence, but I’m sure the manager is on the case. 

I thought the 2 home wins over Christmas were excellent, hard fought, and well deserved victories from a team that seems to be growing in confidence. We now look like a side that are comfortable in the top half of this division, even with the sudden injury crisis that has robbed us of vital players. 

The game at Bristol was slightly disappointing, as we should have got something from the game. On a very heavy pitch we should have taken the opportunity to use fresh legs in the second half (as Rovers did) once we were in front. You could see some players had little left in their legs towards the end and it was puzzling that Bennett only came on in injury time Chaplin wasn’t used at all. Overall there isn’t too much to complain about, although I’m sure some could find something! 

Saturday was a bit of a puzzling game. I have never liked the wing back formation, maybe it was forced on us a bit, but the players never seem so sure of their roles in the games that we have used it. Even so, we produced a good first half to lead and despite Scunny coming on very strong in the second half, we still managed to get a good point from the game.

Overall, we are doing ok, lots to look forward to between now and May.

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Please note that the views expressed in this column are my personal views not those of IOWPS



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