[/QUOTE]It's still very early days for Critch and this squad. That back four will alter and become stronger , giving us more confidence to push and overload going forward. Dougall should come in to allow the midfield to link better with the attack ,in particular being able to get beyond their backline. Woodburn to be given attacking licence, Kaikai to flourish, the squad to develop as they get to know the system and each other.
I can only see positives over the next 2 seasons. Sadly it requires some patience ,which modern day fans seem to lack. I remain positive and upbeat.
I think as a fan base we’re letting ourselves down by seeing today as a step in the right direction.
This isn’t a post calling for Critchleys head as I think there’s still time for him to be a success and I can see a pathway for him to achieve it with the players we’ve recruited and the club firing on all cylinders behind the scenes.
However it is, probably more than anything a highlighter over some very worrying signs for me.
Our set up from the get go at Plymouth and beyond has laid a foundation of possession but with that comes a side effect of impotency, the worrying sign here is that Critch must have seen this and hasn’t seemed to act on it.
Back to today’s match, and despite getting a point I feel really underwhelmed.
We had a fantastic opening 10 to 15 minutes. The passing seemed slick and sharp, finding feet with some lovely pass and move combinations, it wasn’t advancing football but away from home it was a solid and exciting start. I felt that buzz again and began to get excited for the game.
Slowly but surely Crewe regained themselves, Artell identified the problem and doubled up on CJ, we failed to see this and stuck to our guns,and really bar Yates deflected shot they completely nullified us. By half time the feel good feeling had gone with the lack of goal threat.
Now credit where it’s due, defensively we have clearly worked hard on the training pitch and have a far better composure and shape.
I think out of all the points I noticed today the most worrying was the twenty minutes after half time. For me here, Artell out coached Critch. He saw we could be over run in the midfield and were exposed in the full back area, there were 5 or 6 time’s in that period where we lost the ball or were over run in the middle, the ball went straight out wide and we became clumsy in the box, we could have been 3 down by 60 minutes. Fortunately it was only one.
This can happen in a game granted, worryingly Critch changed nothing, sticking to his guns when it clearly needed a tweek.
With the players becoming Increasingly more frustrated I think they took it upon them selves to start launching balls forward, which for what it’s worth brought about our equaliser. So for all the hype and outlay on players the kick and rush tactics for the second part of the second half brought us the most joy. Which is incredibly disappointing considering the new dawn we’ve all bought into.
Critch seemed to not be able to identify tactical shifts through the game, I was over the moon to see CJ and Yates swap wings on around 70 minutes which shows just how ridged we usually are.
Crewe were no great shakes today, and it required some tactical nouse today to over come them which was sadly lacking.
I think this now is going above, the managing director, the recruiting staff or the players and their positions. Somethings missing from Critchley, I’m becoming increasingly concerned. But hope I’m eating my words in a few months.
At the start of my post I said it’s not a call for his head and there’s time and means for him to be a success here. So I’m not sure how that’s a lack of patience.
We’re all hopeful that the new signings with ignite the team, but my point is, if they’re just going to be plug and play in the same position and shape as the ones we have now not much will change.