One man team?
The phrase gets used quite a bit, fairly frequently nowadays at Macc. Last season at times it was either Jon Parkin scored or the team didn’t as a whole. When you think about it though, the way we played most of the time was to play every attack through the big man, hoping for him to spread the play or knock in down to someone. Such a strategy is surely going to yield a lot of goals for Parkin himself, and with him still injured, we seem lost.
Playing that style just doesn’t work without him and although we seem to be able to play good football at times, those times just don’t occur often enough. At the moment the only time we look like scoring is when Martin Bullock has the ball at his feet running at the defence. The other week he terrorised the Boston defence but he can’t be asked to be our only creativity for 90 minutes every week.
So we again lost away without managing to score, and even though from what I’ve seen Russell was unlucky in hitting the post, no goals in seven games isn’t great for a striker.
Flashback to last season and at the same stage our strikers had scored 8 between them, Tipton 2 and Parkin 6. So far this season only Kevin Townson has hit the net twice, one of them being in the Carling Cup.
The strange thing is though that it’s the defence that’s letting us down more than anything. Despite being the same back 4/5 as last season apart from Potter leaving, we are conceding goals far too much, and mainly from set pieces.
Will things be all rosey again in a few weeks with BJP back then? Well so far the midfield has been the only positive, Martin Bullock seems to be a brilliant acquisition and Danny Whit looks nearly back to his best of a few years ago, so hopefully the answer will be yes. Losing someone who scored 26 goals the previous season would be a huge blow to any team, let’s just hope it wasn’t a one season wonder. And even if we are in some ways a one man team, he is quite a big one man!
That’s enough of my pessimism for the moment, I’m predicting us to win tonight. So far this season I’ve been scarily right on most occasions so I reckon if I say Macc will win then they will…Well it’s better than superstitious lucky pants surely!