Town v Yeovil: Wilson’s wrong call
Town fell further behind in their deluded race for a top six finish following Yeovil Town’s 1-0 victory at the County Ground, after Dean Bowditch reacted quickest to nod the loose ball home in the six yard box.
The game turned on one incident and Wilson’s tactical reactions.
With the score standing at 0-0, Town were reduced to ten men, with Michael Rose given his marching orders after 57 minutes. Rose had broken excellently, moving forward before tangling with Luke Ayling, who lay injured on the ground with the Glovers claiming a stamp. After consulting with his linesman, referee Swarbrick showed Rose the red card.
Whether or not the decision was right is debatable given the player’s reactions. As I didn’t get a clear view of the incident, I’ll keenly await the highlights later.
What was more telling of our plight was Wilson’s reaction to this incident.
Vincent Pericard had replaced Thomas Dossevi, to yet again another poor reaction, just a few minutes before Town went down to ten men.
A man down and a gap down the left side it was inevitable that Alan Sheehan would be brought on, but in place of JP McGovern??
If Pericard hadn’t been brought on a few minutes before I’m certain Dossevi off and Sheehan on would’ve been the logical substitution as I’m never in favour of playing 2 upfront when down a man.
I appreciate Pericard had only been on the field for 2 minutes, but why should this change anything? He should have retaken his place on the bench and given us better shape going into the final half hour as neither he nor Austin can drop back into midfield to cover.
With two upfront and man down in midfield we were awful. The midfield was too narrow, was easily dominated and yet again we resorted to aimless balls up to Pericard, who’s first touch is getting worse week after week.
The weakening of the midfield was further compounded with Timlin replacing Ritchie, further narrowing the space, leaving Caddis and Sheehan to try to control the flanks, leaving the inevitable gaps at the back.
To Wilson and the squad… we’re in a relegation battle and the sooner you realise this the better.