Manager Tim Sherwood has given his post game thoughts to the press following Saturday’s loss to Stoke City.
Audio – Sherwood On Stoke Loss
I really couldn’t be bothered to sort this yesterday, but for anybody who hasn’t seen his words, the Official Site have him quoted as saying.
‘It was a poor performance and a poor result. We are disappointed all round. I thought it was a draw, to be honest, that would have been a fair result. I thought both teams were poor. We will go back to work and do our best to put things right.’
With a few changes, not least bringing Jose Angel Crespo so we could go three at the back, Sherwood went on to say.
‘We need to find ways to get crosses into the box to Rudy more than we have done because at the moment he is our main threat to score goals. He has proved this over the last few weeks. But we didn’t do that well enough in the first period. We didn’t get the balls out to Hutton and Amavi no where near enough. So we changed it half-time to find another way. I thought we took the game to them better in the second period but we never had that one person who could show that maverick ingredient to do something really special. Unfortunately that was missing today.’
Sherwood went on to say that we’re working on a way of finding our best system and our best eleven to give us a chance to win a game, and he feels the team selections he’s picking prove that we are trying to find a way through the opposition.
Many have their own thoughts on said team selections and whose regularly in compared to those overlooked.
‘I think the team selection shows that every week. We are trying to find the right way. You can’t persevere with a team that hasn’t won. You have to keep jigging it around and find the best solution. At the moment, I haven’t done that. I am the manager of the football and take sole responsibility for the performances and results. That’s my job and I understand that fully.’
Yet we seem to persevere despite our lack of wins.
Sherwood did talk positives though, but he knows those positives are no where near consistent yet.
‘They are there in patches, not on a consistent basis I will be honest. I see good possession in patches. It’s a little bit boring at times – passing the ball square and backwards too much. I want it passed forward. Sometimes you need someone on the pitch who can open people up – drop their shoulder.
At the moment, we haven’t got that.’
And we won’t whilst we continually pick players clearly not in form or players who consistently do the one thing our gaffer claims he doesn’t want to see. It also doesn’t help when the creative lads are on the bench I imagine.
‘I am still learning about the guys. We are eight games in and it’s disappointing. But I’d rather be in the bottom three eight games in than the bottom three with eight matches remaining.’
With Lescott lining up again in the centre of defence despite being far from the Lescott we expected at the moment, Sherwood went on to say that Ciaran Clark has picked up a thigh strain and that’s why he was missing, but he was pleased with Crespo’s return generally following his injury.
‘I thought he did alright. He’s got to get used to the pace of the game obviously. He did no worse than anyone else out there. Jose is like the rest of the lads. They will take time to adapt. I wouldn’t say time is running out but the clock is ticking.’
Skipper Micah Richards came in for praise following his showing once more.
‘I thought Micah was head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch. He deserved a goal today. It was a good chance. He drove us on. He picks up the tempo of the game. He’s been great since he’s been at the club.’
So there you have it.
In brief other news, youngsters Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Easah Suliman will be heading to Chile for the Under 17 World Cup this month having been selected for head coach Neil Dewsnip’s squad.
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