No hiding that Vaughan missing the rest of the season is a major blow. Southend have improved recently and KH needs to re-visit his tactics to get a better performance out of our remaining fit players than we managed today.
I like the fact that Hill supports his players and also recognises that the style of play will have to be adapted to who he has available. As he indicated, though, perfect performances won't happen overnight if too many of the regulars are out. On the bright side, Nugent is getting match fit. Khan should be back soon. Morris, sooner.
they will have to improve loads on today's showing, but as some have said we cant panic we just have to get our selves together and move on, young jolly might have to grow a pair of balls and Nugent needs to get fit and sharp and fast, also Lloyd has played up top in the cup with Woolery so that might be the way to go at the end of the day he has 4 in 4 in the cup so why not try it
I think it depends on how Nugent reacts in the next couple of games. I was listening to the This is Tranmere podcast tonight and they (correctly) suggested that it could take Nugent a month or longer to get up to speed, and we can't wait that long.
I actually thought he played ok in the first half and he clearly has a good football brain. However, whether he can give us enough in the weeks ahead remains to be seen.
Yeah, I thought he did OK today considering he is still clearly lacking game time. I don't think it was helped either by the final ball and decision making today. Shame he couldn't have tapped that early chance in, that would have been great for him and us as we are clearly going to need him in the next few weeks.
I think when we assess the performance yesterday, we also can't underestimate the impact of the loss of other players to injury in recent weeks, in addition to Vaughan.
Kahn has been out for a couple of weeks now, Morris is injured, Lloyd is clearly not match fit and can't last ninety minutes, and Ray went off injured yesterday and was replaced by Manny, who has nowhere near the same composure on the ball and contributed to the defence simply launching it in the second half. There has been a lot of disruption to the first eleven, and so far the majority of the January recruits who have been asked to step in have not looked great.
Caught up with the post-match interview and Keith was very calm and measured in his approach, with an awareness that the tactics and approach here didn't work. It sounds like O'Connor's substitution was also injury-related.
I didn't think we looked as defensively solid yesterday before Ray's injury, neither George nor Peter Clarke were at their best. Clarke picked up an early booking and didn't seem to dominate aerially compared to the norm against the Crawley attack and this may have rubbed off on his partner. Monthe is infuriating, as it's not like he's incapable of distributing well, there was one great cross-field ball to the left touchline, but too many aimless punts coming from the back.
We aren't the first and won't be the last to be disrupted by injuries this season. We have lauded the strength of our squad and now KH's experience needs to come to the fore in moulding a winning outfit from what we have. As good as the spine of our team is, it is an aging one and it is hardly a surprise that one of the three has picked up a significant injury. Fingers crossed that Clarke and Spearing can stay fit to the end of the season. All to play for!