I know Jim, one of my first games was away to Fourth Division Rochdale in the semi-finals of the League Cup. We were mid table in the First Division they were bumping along in mid table in the Fourth. I went along expecting our much superior skill factor to prevail comfortably. What I saw was a stumbling, disjointed performance were none of our players seemed to want to be there. When we pulled it back to 2-1 near the end I thought we were in with a shout only for us to let them get a soft third at the end. You can imagine what the following day was like in school in Rochdale !
Since then I've seen lots of similar performances over the years, if I had a £ 10 note for every one I'd be wealthy now, so yesterday was so predictable.
Not long after that we were flying in the FA Cup, lots of the big teams were already out, we go to Fourth Division new to the league Oxford and get the same treatment, a 3-1 chasing ! That was the season I thought we could go all the way to Wembley. Bloody Second Division Preston went there instead.
At least I wasn't there to see the best Rovers team I've ever seen lose to Workington Town 5-1 at home !
I could see yesterday coming, way to much over confidence on this site and possibly at the club. We're OK if we can score first, fall behind and all the insecurities built up over the past 7 years rise to the surface.
I was listening to Fred Eyre on GMR yesterday, he knows the inside track regarding North West football and he was singing the praises of Paul Cook at Wigan. He's got a winning mentality and he's great at building up the players confidence apparently. All he knows as a manager is winning, albeit at lower levels. I can't say the about TM I'm afraid.
Yesterday's over now, the next game is all important. I wouldn't make too many changes seeing as we're playing away, I'd play 4-4-1-1 with Dack behind Samuel. If Nyambe was fit I might be tempted to play him at right back. If Conway isn't 110% fit I'd play Chapman. Two defensive mids is ok if you've got a creative player further forward, when you play two defensive mids with two out and out strikers there's a gaping hole between the two lines. Hopefully Dack can pull the strings in that position.