Charlton Athletic 0 Burnley 3
“The solution is not outside the squad – they are inside the squad.”
No surprise today. Burnley carry those two huge pieces of ammunition – goals and confidence. Credit to Sean Dyche, he has done a magnificent job up there. Watford may wonder like we will at some time in the future – what if?
Riga now takes the players on a road trip and the odds do not smile upon us.
There is no point in having the Powell v Riga debate, because it’s nullifying and fruitless. However Riga has enjoyed a little bit of new manager/head coach bounce and now the work begins, and candidly how different is it?
The ex-Milan academy coach obviously sees something in Green, yet in every game he has started, Riga has hauled him off before the hour. I am all for decisive substitutions, but perhaps pick the right team to start with.
A right side creative player, or even someone that can get further up the pitch than the edge of the opposing penalty box has been a problem all season. Lawrie Wilson has performed that role the best in my mind. Nego is on the bench, probably because there is no one else, but why not play him and push Wilson forward?
I sponsor Simon Church’s shirt and there absolutely no doubt that it is dripping with sweat when he comes off the pitch, the toil he puts in but Reza has looked more lively in recent weeks, yet still doesn’t start. He should.
I am pleased that Obika signed, although it’s a shame that Duchâtelet didn’t allow Powell to sign him in January, or there was no money for him last summer. However, why has he ended up games playing out wide?
There is clearly a more patient build up and our possession stats are better, but there has been improvement to our creativity in the final third.
We have scored 4 league goals in 2014. Two injury time Jackson goals, a Dervite injury time goal and a Marvin Sordell goal in the opening minutes at Wigan. Goals win games, and it was interesting to hear that Riga talked about a more direct approach afterwards and that also that there are goals in the squad.
I do hope so Jose.