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injury crisis

just seen on TFL programme that Barnsley didn't have a recoginised striker on the pitch today................that it what I call an injury crisis !!

We started with 2 and had another 2 on the bench................so lets stop bleating about the lack of big Yann & Fuller.

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    I keep reading on the post match views thread about our "appalling injury crisis" and our "depleted squad"

    we have 4 players missing from a squad of over 30 - it just so happens that 2 are l/b (although 1 wasn't being played even when the 1st choice was out) and 2 are strikers, of which we sttill have another 4 to choose from.

    Can we stop hiding behind the excuse of a couple of injuries for our woeful performance and our recent ineptitude in front of goal.
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    Golfie, again, do you really not see the irony in your argument? You say that we're not affected by an injury crisis with our two main strikers out, then you claim we're woeful in front of goal. Why is that? Probably because our two main strikers are out. Haynes and Cook (who isn't really a striker) have been out, leaving BWP and Hulse, who was brought in to combat the striking shortage and proves how depleted we are by his presence. We're weak in the midfield but last season we had a strong, settled defence, with Wiggins providing a number of assists and working well with Jackson, and a brilliant warrior striker who defended from the front and won the ball in the opposition's half as well as providing some brilliant flicks and passes to bring other players into the game. Your argument that we're not suffering from an injury crisis if there's one player, any player, who can fill that role is fundamentally flawed. Our biggest problem this season is that we didn't strengthen our squad, meaning in a number of cases we're having to rely on players who couldn't get into our L1 team to put in a winning performance a league up against the likes of Middlebrough, Leeds and Wolves.

    We do have an injury crisis as long as our best players are long-term absentees and there's no-one of sufficient quality to replace them. If you really think Smith or Cook can fill Yann's boots then you really need to concentrate more when you watch the football
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    Nice one, Garry
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    Looking forward to them returning but it wasn't exactly the wiggo and Yann show at the start of the season, think they were both adjusting to the step up
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    Perfectly put, Garry.
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    Spot on Garry. It's not a lack of depth, it's a lack of strength in depth. When he finally got the nod, Evina contributed to 2 excellent away results, as did Solly and Wilson playing in their favoured positions. Then Evina gets injured and once again we find ourselves on the back foot.

    In addition to the lack of strength in depth we have to contend with SCP's tendency to play the players he trusts out of position rather than take a risk. It took what, 4 games (?) for SCP to be convinced that Evina was actually good enough to play in his own position rather than displacing two others from theirs (Solly and WIlson). Last season when SOlly was taken ill shortly before kick off SCP decided to play Wiggins at RB, which was a disaster. Playing Green on the left was a disaster. Kerkar at left back...I think you get the idea!
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    On the one hand losing Evina is a big blow. On the other hand, Powell seemed very reluctant to play him, preferring to play 2 other players out of position.

    Similarly, Clarke came in in January, played 1.5 games or so, and was hardly seen again. We didn't have to do the Benson swap deal.

    We have 3 senior keepers (plus Pope).
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    On the one hand losing Evina is a big blow. On the other hand, Powell seemed very reluctant to play him, preferring to play 2 other players out of position.

    I must admit this is what annoyed me the most about Saturday, when Evina was fit Powell decided that we'd be better off playing Solly and Wilson at full back, so why didn't he revert to it when Evina got injured? It would have been better than playing a left winger/in the hole player at left back surely? Imagine someone like Walcott playing at right back for Arsenal, it's pretty much the same thing as what we did.

    I still wouldn't call it an injury crisis though, we may have a couple of players missing but a crisis is when you have a bench with Harriott, Cousins and Azeez on it as everyone else is injured
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    we have yann, fuller, Wiggins etc out injured (3 players who can play at this level and that is not a crisis). There are just 5/6 players who are up to Championship Standard and those are of them, another 2 had a mare sat. ther rest are simply not good enough at this level
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    edited November 2012
    Chris Powell very eloquently explained why he didn't bring Evina into the side when Wiggins was first injured. He said that we were on a bit of a bad run, Ceddy is young and he didn't want to drop him into a side struggling and give him a confidence knock at a time when he might struggle to recover.
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    Golfie - well done for starting a debate even if no-one seez your view

    Fuller back very soon ... i reckon the club should get a left back in on loan pronto ...keeping Solly at right back until someone decent is fit... and leave Kerkar left wing where hes doing a job... only alternative is 5-3-2?
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    Has anything come out of the club about Evinas injury?
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    It's not the number of injured players, it's their quality. Wiggins, Kermorgant and Fuller would be in most peoples top 5 IMO.
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    It's not the number of injured players, it's their quality. Wiggins, Kermorgant and Fuller would be in most peoples top 5 IMO.

    yep... and they'd be in the first 18 for most clubs in this division ?

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    People think our strikers are off form. Sunderland have only had 13 shots on goal so far this season.
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    The Prince-e-Paul said: People think our strikers are off form. Sunderland have only had 13 shots on goal so far this season.

    Feel a whole lot better for knowing that little fact
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