Fair questions, and maybe we'll get answers. Maybe not.
But my point still stands independently of these issues. If those players, that whole starting 11 (bar a couple), had shown more desire in defence and attack they wouldn't have conceded and would've scored. Team selection wouldn't have been an issue, subs wouldn't have been an issue. If we'd have seen 100% from them, then it would've all been tactical judgement, but it felt like 50% at most.
I thought Bogusz got stuck in, but all the midfield 50/50s were falling to Hull.
Rodrigo chased hard a la Bamford up front, but had little influence overall.
Poveda was our most dangerous outlet but he’s too small yet and gets pushed off the ball too easily by bigger defenders - I think some porridge and weights are required.
All told, disappointing and confusing as to what was intended in equal measure.
We move on.
Should probably go get some sleep.
Good idea, that's me done it's been a long day
Unless Bielsa's got some very good reasons, that game was a real let down for the fans.
"With our preparation for this game we thought that we were going to do more than we did. When a coach picks a team… I picked the team thinking they would have enough to beat Hull but when the team didn't have enough to beat Hull, I feel like I am responsible for the defeat.
"The team was built with players that should have shown a better performance. The deficiencies in the team were because they couldn't gel together."
It’s obvious that he did think that the team selected was good enough to win. His summary is fairly damning - didn’t defend or attack well, before easing off with a “couldn’t gel together”.
This game may be a turning point for some players and possibly an accelerant for our transfer policy. Bielsa seems hurt by this and we could see players moving on, out on loans or sold. It’s clear that our dependable strength in the first team squad now is based on probably 17 players in total (holding faith with Alioski, Shackleton, Casilla and Poveda). That’s very thin. Quite simply we need quality additions. Most of those that played tonight are not good enough yet, or may never be.
That's definitely a big part. Worth reiterating that most players didn't get a preseason and our U-23's have had one game - which none of these players played in.
It will be interesting. Not having a cup competition might result in a few more players going out on loan. What to do with the likes of Gotts and Bogusz nowBoo Radley wrote: ↑Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:20 pm "The team was built with players that should have shown a better performance. The deficiencies in the team were because they couldn't gel together."
This game may be a turning point for some players and possibly an accelerant for our transfer policy. Bielsa seems hurt by this and we could see players moving on, out on loans or sold.
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Alioski, Roberts, Rodrigo, Shackleton, Poveda, Douglas if any of those had been picked to play against Liverpool nothing would have been said. The youngsters in defence, okay you can expect a mistake or two but NO shots in the first half, second half 2 shots on target.Chilli D wrote: ↑Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:54 pm As faaip alluded, the youngsters will hardly have played since March and as such it was a big mistake to throw so many in, even if it is only Hull.
With 8 league less to play this season we should be looking for a cup run.
Still time to turn it around but a defeat will be embarrassing.
Wilks made Rodrigo look like a non league player, Coyle was many Hull fans mom both looked streets ahead of 10 of our players, Poveda stood out as at least trying. It wasn’t acceptable and I fear for Rodrigo if he can’t look better than that against a newly put together Hull team
I really don’t think that will be the case, and it would be very harsh to come to that conclusion because of last nights game. When a team is weak and failing all over, there is nowhere worse to be playing if you want to influence a game that at 9. Messi would have struggled there last night.
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Unfortunately, I was unable to watch the game but I did listen to the commentary and have read the comments on here. From what I heard and what has been said it is obvious that, even if our young fringe players have the talent (not so sure now) they may not have the right mentality or attitude to play at the top level. There is no excuse for not trying your very best and giving your all in every game and by the sounds of it, a lot of our players were guilty of doing just that.
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I do agree with the majority that this has highlighted the need for a little more quality in certain positions in the 1st team squad, but as some pointed out, we might be forced to play one or two of last night's team due to injury, suspension or loss of form, but it would take something catastrophic to have to include five or six of them. As such, we shouldn't be too concerned. A bad night for our second string, but no need to reach for the blue rope just yet.
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