Teenage Town Match Report by Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on the 0-0 draw with Wolves at Portman Road.
Draws Galore, Mick’s Muddled Tactics and Is Tom Lawrence FC subsiding??
After another dreadful evening of football last night, I take a look at the key events of the last two dispiriting home games. Is there an alarming chance of Town being in a relegation battle? Is Tom Lawrence hit his peak, or is it just a run of bad form?
After February’s amazing results, it’s impenetrable to understand why things have all of a sudden come to a rapid end. Our most prominent player now looks weak, the formation looks out of place and we have two capable strikers sat on the bench for a full 90 minutes.
Firstly, the formation. The majority of our players didn’t look comfortable playing the 3-5-2. When playing at home against two sides, who we are perfectly capable of beating, it’s confusing to see why Mick would set up so defensively. We’re certainly not safe from relegation, but that’s not acceptable to go out and try scrape a point every game.
Particularly when they are teams around us in the table. 8 months into the season and McCarthy still doesn’t understand what his best team is. I thought Emmanuel played a respectable game last night, he’s solid defensively, but lacks that little something going forward. You shouldn’t then bring a player straight out of the side and dampen his confidence. Especially if he hasn’t done much wrong.
Unfortunately the chances of him starting on Saturday are pretty slim. Skuse seems to adore playing this position, due to the lack of running he has to do. Enough said. And finally the front two. Since coming back from his suspension, Lawrence doesn’t seem the same. It might be due to defenders excellently man-marking him or is it because he missed the derby? Who knows, but either way his attitude on the pitch isn’t the same as it was before.
I specifically realised when he lost the ball, he lacked determination to go win the ball back for his team mates. Without him, we have no creativity, and no one to finish. Freddie Sears and Brett Pitman, must be livid. With none of our strikers scoring, it seemingly maddens me to why they aren’t getting the opportunity to prove something to the manager. By doing this, Sears and Pitman are more likely to want to leave because they want to play football. This then means that Mick has to search for a fitting striker, and we all know how miserable McCarthy is at doing that.
After Match Thoughts
All these reasons support why we’re all of a sudden consistent of getting draws and declining. They all support why attendances are drastically dropping, why people supposedly won’t re-new there season ticket. The fans have had enough, it seems in some of his interviews that McCarthy has had enough. In all fairness, with the money we’ve spent and the players we obtain, it’s no surprise that we’re in the position we are in.
What Next For Town?
These upcoming 10 games are huge to our season. There’s four massive home games… Birmingham, Wigan, Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday. We must win at least two of them. Our next away games between Barnsley and Cardiff, will be a huge test of the resilience and strength the players hold. This season has been awful. Forget it. But the season isn’t over yet. We mustn’t let the slim chance of relegation frighten us, we must use it as a way of strength and determination.