Manager Tim Sherwood has called on the players to entertain him and the fans in our quest to push up the Premier League table.
With a last 12 game record that speaks one win, won draw and ten losses with nine scored and 26 conceded, arguably we’re getting the entertainment – it’s just not our entertainment.
Speaking to the Official Site in his now weekly Monday briefing, Sherwood said that he’s still searching for the ‘right formula’ as we are still searching for a win, but he felt that until the Chelsea showing we had been ‘boring’ and he wants us to take the shackles off more often and go at teams.
Like we did Chelsea at points.
‘I appreciate the way the players have adapted – and tried to do what I asked since the international break which was press a little bit higher, hold that higher line. You have to be brave to do that here at Chelsea. A lot of teams come and sit back and try and absorb the pressure and try and nick something. We didn’t. We took it to them, especially in the first period and we were unlucky.’
There’s certainly an element of misfortune in the goals we conceded, but it’s hardly like we gave Asmir Begovic a busy day. One attempt on target, eight in total.
But yes there was a reasonable attacking intent from the highlights, and maybe if one of our early chances had gone in the game would’ve swung our way with their form – but it’s not like the Manchester United match where we were desperately unlucky not to take something from it.
It wasn’t a repeat of Leicester where it should’ve been game over.
Let’s not make it something it’s not and in our vein of form let’s not search for blind positives because we went at them and it didn’t work and pretend that Southampton defended for 95 minutes and a fairy helped them score, or Everton or Crystal Palace or any of the other sides who didn’t defend for the entire game yet managed to score more than we did against them.
Thankfully we don’t get a return to the third person though.
‘I’m trying to instill into them not to be scared to lose. If anyone should be scared to lose it should be me. I’m not and I want them to go out on the front foot. I’m trying to tell them that if you press higher up the field, you win the ball higher and you’ve got less distance to go – and you end up doing less running anyway but at higher intensity. They’re capable of doing that, that’s what we need to do, especially at home. In the last few weeks it’s been boring, I’ve been bored of watching it to be perfectly honest, going square and sideways. I’m not telling them to do that. I’m telling them to express themselves and if they get beat, they get beat having a go – passing the ball forward.’
‘I’ve been bored of watching it to be perfectly honest, going square and sideways. I’m not telling them to do that.’
Time to drop the players who naturally do that then isn’t it Tim. You know merit not name. ‘Resting’ those giving us nothing. Picking players who show signs of form.
Or looking at it another way – why aren’t they following your game plan then and buying into?
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