Stu Gent’s tactical view ahead of the visit of West Brom….
This week we welcome to Carrow Road W.B.A who have suffered back to back defeats against Wigan and Man City in their last two away games, here’s hoping it continues to a third.
Just when you thought it had all gone down the pan with that late 89th minute goal at the weekend and we were staring into the abyss, suddenly comes a new chance at redemption thanks to Swansea winning at Wigan and Spurs keeping Arsenal interested.
One game, three points and we could be guaranteed safety by Tuesday night with the pressure off by then.
Most of us will be hiding behind the couch even if we do pull off a unlikely win come tuesday night, something most of us will gladly take for three points.
Get a draw and we will be relying on Arsenal winning and not just getting a draw I don`t want to contemplate another loss we have had too much of that.
Rumours abound Turner may be fit which would be a big boost, but this must be a recall for Ruddy. Star player being benched, match sharp or not is no excuse, he has had enough development games to gain enough of that.
This weeks team has to be attacking I would personally be looking at:
Key thing is width,width and more width, two big men, get balls in the box and cause havoc in the middle of the park.
Yacob and Mulumbu are talented players along with the likes of Long and Lukaku, one goal probably wont be enough for us.
We need to keep the ball up their end to release any pressure that is being applied to our back line. Both Holt and Becchio can hold the ball up as well as play and Becchio is probably ready to prove a point.
We need patience, don`t rush it, we’ve seen too many simple passes go wrong or the wrong choice being made and turning over of the ball carelessly is something we’ve seen all too often this season.
I haven`t picked Hoolahan for the reason I thought he faded come half time in the Villa game. I don`t know if he is carrying a knock or is being asked to play in a role he isn`t comfortable with, but he is a great impact substitute for the start of the second half if all is not going to plan.
The same applies if Johnson gets booked. Tettey may be needed and of course E.Bennett for Pilkington if he is having an ineffective game come half time.
Wigan may be having the show piece final at 17:15pm on Saturday but ours is on Sunday, a priceless win for us and with little rest period for Wigan between saturday night and tuesday night as well as knowing they have to win and not just draw – it’s a massive mental change for them.
If we all get what we want come tuesday night the champagne corks and beer bottle tops will all be heard from Norwich to John O`Groats.