After a poor result and performance against Exeter hopes were high that we’d see an instant return of the free-flowing team we saw beat Rochdale and Burton Albion, but despite looking more organised at the back, it was another disappointing outing from Richie Wellens’ side.
The result was Town’s third defeat in a row and sixth in the last eight games in all competitions, the visitors arrived with an ultra-defensive set-up with five at the back and three midfielders in front of them, any team would struggle to break them down but it was the final 20-30 minutes that were the hardest to watch as Town looked devoid of ideas, which is incredibly frustrating when we’ve all seen how talented this team can be when they’re on song. Hopefully, this will be the wakeup call this team needs moving forward.
Thankfully the biggest improvement was the centre-back pairing of Jonathan Grounds and Mathieu Baudry, despite conceding a goal they’ll be bitterly disappointed to see hit the back of the net, for the 90 minutes they looked much better than what we saw against Peterborough and Exeter.
From his early performances, it seems Grounds is going to be a good piece of business from the club as someone with his experience, talent, and understanding with Paul Caddis after playing together for three years at Birmingham is going to be vital as the season picks up the pace.
In his press interviews after the game on Saturday, It was clear Richie Wellens would still like to bring in some more faces, but from his response, he didn’t sound too positive that would happen, as the club needs to free up space from the wage bill.
Players such as Tom Broadbent and Matty Palmer would need to find new clubs over the next couple of days. I don’t think it would be a huge problem if both these players stayed as I feel they would make a positive impact on the team this season, especially in the case of Matty Palmer.
The former Burton Albion midfielder looked more than useful against Exeter last week, and with more game time under his belt I believe would hit the heights of his days at the Pirelli Stadium when he achieved promotion from League One, but it’s hard for him to do that if the manager feels he doesn’t fit into his plans moving forward.
In news from the Football League Salford City, yesterday sacked their manager Graham Alexander due to his “style of play not matching expectations”. Which straight away caused some panic with some Town fans as Wellens’ name would naturally be linked with the job.
As the former Manchester United man would know the Class of 92 from his days at Utd, living in Salford (Worsley) the big wage and huge resources available to take this club up the Football League.
Paul Scholes has taken over an interim manager and is not thought to be interested in the post-full-time, bookies are heavily backing Salford’s current head of youth development Warren Joyce, who used to manage Man Utd’s reserve side, to take the job.
I’m almost certain Wellens won’t be tempted away this season and will want to see through his project at Town. We know he’ll move on to bigger things eventually as he’s a talented manager, but hopefully, that’s many years into the future.