After the debacle against Fleetwood we aim to regroup against Rochdale away - They sit in 20th place, but positions 20-14 are separated only by 4 points, so they Will be a tough opponent
I set the team up very balanced - with them being fragile I tell them to “retain possession”
and I am not to concede any early goals live V Fleetwood
The game pans out well, and although very dull, we get back on the horse with a 2-1
The goals coming from:
On the balance of play we probable merit the win, but a goal from Matty Done didn’t do the nerves any favours and I spend considerable time post-match letting the players know they are capable of great things if we just stick together
Rochdale's boss Keith Hill tries to get under my skin post-match saying we were lucky. I let him know he’s an absolute joke and he hasn’t got a clue …………………. Then scarper quick sharp onto the team coach
Training in the week goes well and I only focus on tactics and teamwork before the fixture against Scunthorpe Away.
Another tricky away fixture, but I am buoyed by the return of Craig Conway from injury. – He is promptly returned to the left wing
I set up4-5-1
with 2 ball winners and a trialling of David Jones as an advanced playmaker, it is not ideal for my attacking potency I am aiming to repeat my controlling performance from the previous weeks and sneak a goal and Escape from the East coast with a win.
1. Controlling - dictionary Definition - determine the behaviour or supervise the running of.
Someone did not tell this to Corey Evans!!!
His “behaviour” goes out of the window, Evans flies in 2 footed in the 1st half and my 4-5-1
very rapidly becomes 4-4-1
We baton down the hatches and prepare for the onslaught in the 2nd half from the iron!
Ironically the iron was the only thing not thrown at the Blackburn goal
We Escape with a joyous 0-0
I am very pleased in the circumstances
I decide not to appeal Mr. Evans red card, as it was a shocker !
We invite AFC Wimbledon to Ewood park next.
For the run up to this I focus the team on attacking preparation and go into the game with this set up - Wimbledon are 22nd and I feel I could go in for the kill
We start excellently and progress to getting better – Dispatching of the former crazy gang 3-0
points from the last games which included 2 away fixtures and a 10 man battering sees me climb to the dizzy heights.
Just as I feel a bit more calm with the situation I receive word.
Blackburn V Arsenal
We’re on the TV vs Arsenal now !!
I immediately resume training with Ray Wilkins on defending – and with this match being on TV , I book a colonic and a haircut too!!
Bring it on Arsene