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  1. Peacock-Farrell - 7 - Couple of saves you'd expect him to make, unlucky with the goal, and looked assured enough with crosses/corners. Storey - 7 - Looked very good again. Stood up to periods of pressure, and never looked too troubled. Dean - 7 - Dealt with Stewarts aerial threat well enough, and looked like he slotted back into the defence without too much trouble. Hutchinson - 6 - Up to until the goal, he was probably our best player. But, that mistake, at that time, in a match of this magnitude, was simply criminal. Inexcusable. Had it happened on the 34th minute, then I wouldn't be so harsh, but on the stroke of HT after the side had kept the crowd very quiet for 45 minutes, it just needs to go. Made a decent block in the 2nd half, but ultimately, he's cost us the game. Hopefully we don't pay the ultimate price on Monday. Palmer - 7 - Man of the Match - I was surprised to see him preferred to Hunt, and even after the game, and a good performance with Palmer, I'm still unsure as to whether it was the right decision. Hunt has been brilliant of late, and I struggle to find a reason for his exclusion. However, fair play to Palmer, he put in a shift, looked to get into dangerous attacking areas, and although he'll always lack quality (because he's technically limited), he was probably our most likely goal threat. Just sneaked MotM, because of his surprising performance! Johnson - 6 - Struggled to get into the game in the 1st half, and Roberts seemed to push him back to limit his attacking opportunities. No surprise that our best spell came in the last 20 minutes, when Johnson began to start seeing a lot more of the ball however. Luongo - 6 - Struggled to get on top in the 1st half, and although screened well enough, failed to get his foot on the ball and calm things down. Grew into the game. Byers - 6 - Jekyll and Hyde performance. Thought he was hopeless in the 1st half. Treated the ball like a hot potato, zero composure, and was responsible for gifting possession back to Sunderland. However, 2nd half, when Sunderland tired and their press wasn't as effective, he began to make things tick like we know he can. Bannan - 5 - Totally anonymous. Seemed to try and play the role he did at Mk Dons, but without getting the press right nor getting the service high up the pitch. Got a little more joy as he dropped slightly deeper in the 2nd half, especially when Windass came on...but I'm not convinced he was fit. Berahino - 5 - Tough night for both strikers. Feeding off scraps, but Berahino looked physically weak, and never looked like causing Sunderland's backline any problems whatsoever. Gregory - 6 - Toiled away, had our best chance early on the 1st half following Dean's knock down. Will need more from him on Monday. Windass - 7 - Came on, and had a positive impact. Stretched their defence, created more space for the midfield. Has to start on Monday. Dele-Bashiru - 6 - Showed glimpses Overall... On reflection, I don't think it was the shocking performance some are making it out to be. Possession wise, we were very poor for 70 minutes. For whatever reason, and some credit has to be given to Sunderland's work-rate and pressing, we just couldn't get into any rhythm when we had the ball. Which is disappointing given the amount of quality we have in central areas. I was clear Sunderland burnt out at 70 minutes, and they dropped off, and as a result, we began to look more threatening. Defensively however, I thought, bar the 10 minutes after the break, we looked remarkably comfortable. Just before the goal, I said how well we'd dealt with Sunderland's attacking threat and how quieten the stadium was. Hutchinson's mistake was fatal, and it gave the whole place a massive boost at HT, and it was no surprise how quickly Sunderland came out after the break. However, we weathered the storm, and slowly began to get a foothold in the game. I wouldn't have taken 1-0 before the game (because I genuinely thought we had enough quality to get a result), but its not a disaster. Sunderland threw everything at us, and they relied on a gift from us to get the only goal. We have nothing to worry about, and I fully expect us to cause Sunderland more issues than they caused us on Monday. Conversely, I expect Sunderland to cause us more problems than we caused them also. Monday is perfectly balanced. But, in isolation, if somebody would've said at the start of the season, that we'd have to overturn a 1 goal deficit against Sunderland, at a sold out Hillsborough under the lights to get to Wembley, then I reckon most of us would've taken that. We need to be better than last night...and I fully expect us to be. Whether that's enough or not, is another question!
  2. If he's fit, he starts. Simple as that. Too good for this level. Experienced. Big game player. We need that in abundance tonight. Be harsh on Palmer, but there's no room for sentiment tonight. With a back three of Storey - Dean - Hutchinson, I'd be confident of been able to withstand the inevitable pressure we're likely to be exposed to at some point.
  3. Some of the average scores are undermarked I agree, but for the the four you've mentioned who you believe are overmarked, it's no surprise that they are above the three you perceived to be undermarked. Dunkley, before his injury, was genuinely in contention to be one of the players of the year. His form was absolutely phenomenal, and he single handedly held a defence together that was made up of a mix of strikers, full backs and youngsters. Without Dunkley form's in that period, we'd have been miles off the playoff pace. Iorfa started the season brilliantly, was part of the defence that didn't concede for the 1st four games, and genuinely looked a different class for much of those games. Your perception of his performances have been warped by a couple of shakey performances following his comeback from a long injury. Gibson has done very well when he has played, it just hasn't been enough, and likewise (though less so) with Adeniran. Palmer is steady, and he may be slightly under marked, but I think an average mark of 6.5ish is about right. He's a steady eddy, that does alright in a couple of positions, but let's not get carried away. Paterson has had a very average season, and on a game-by-game basis, is rightly marked under those you have mentioned. And Johnson, although he has probably been one of the top three players in the 2nd half of the season, started the season very poorly. Over the course of a season, that's going to affect your mark over 46 games.
  4. To be fair, that's an astonishing turnaround statistically, if true. Wasn't too long ago, that his record was worse than that of Jos Luhukay. The pick up in form and consistency shown, whilst also playing entertaining, front foot football, since the turn of the year has been particularly impressive. Here's hoping it continues for another three games!
  5. Think we've got to a point now, where the side pretty much picks itself, when everybody is fit. If Dean is fit, he comes in, and Hutchinson moves to LCB. Other than that, it's pretty obvious. The only change (injuries permitting) I should envisage seeing before the end of the season (hopefully another three games), is Windass replacing Berahino. Otherwise, it's.. BPF Storey Dean (Palmer) Hutchinson Hunt Byers Luongo Bannan (FDB) Johnson Gregory Berahino with the replacements of those who are doubts in (brackets).
  6. It's very easy to blame Hunt, because it's his "man" that's got in behind. But, I'm not sure what else you want Hunt to do. He's gone to engage the player, without over committing, and he's should have cover in behind. Storey has got sucked into midfield (only by a couple of yards...but it's enough), and that's where the goal has come from. Look at our back line as Ogilvie has the ball. Hunt's position is fine, Storey is out of position, and Palmer has allowed Hirst to get the wrong side. At that point, the fact Hirst is the wrong side of Palmer, shouldn't be an issue, because it should allow Palmer to track Hirst's run easier (or at least communicate with Hutchinson). As the move progresses, Storey never makes up the loss ground, Hutchinson has no clue where Hirst is, and Palmer, inexplicably, doesn't track Hirst's run. It's a poor goal to concede from a couple of factors... but it certainly wasn't solely down to Hunt, and Palmer has a role to play within it also.
  7. Peacock-Farrell - 8 - Two fantastic saves in the 2nd half, in what was a very assured performance. Storey - 7 - Probably got sucked in slightly for Pompey's goal, which left Hunt exposed in behind. But other than that, another steady game with an added bonus of a goal too. Hutchinson - 8 - Took the battle with Hirst as a badge of honour by the looks of it. At times, he physically dominated Hirst, both aerially and in the tackle. Superb last ditch tackle to deny Thompson also. Palmer - 7 - Decent game, and made a couple of key tackles to snuff out a couple of Pompey attacks. Doesn't do too much to get excited about, but was dependable as he often is. Hunt - 8 - He'll unfairly get the blame for the 1st, but as a wing back, you have to have some form of cover in behind. But, thought he was terrific in the 1st half down the right hand, which seemed to see a lot of the ball. Johnson - 8 - Back to his best. He's frighteningly good. Always an outlet, calm on the ball and delivers so much quality. Brilliant play for Gregory's goal, but the chance he created for Byers in the 2nd half epitomises his qualities...direct running with pace, a desire to win the ball and the composure to pick his head up and see a pass. His 2nd half of the season has been incredible. Luongo - 8 - Byers and Bannan stand out, but the catalyst to so much of our play is Luongo. No surprise the amount of points we've picked up with him in the side. Picks up so many loose balls, takes the ball on the turn and gets us transitioning so often, and has a calmness on the ball that you don't see from too many "ball-winners" Byers - 9 - Could've easily been given MotM. Looked like he relished the occasion, and played with a real swagger. Fantastic play to set up Storey for the 3rd, unfortunate not to score following Johnson's great work and Bazunu's good save, but got a deserved goal in the end. He's very dangerous making those front post runs from set pieces. Bannan - 9 - Another fine display, where he demonstrated his ridiculous quality. Was well up for it yesterday, and if he's fit (pray to God he is), and on song for the playoffs, then I wouldn't bet against us going up. Couple of good efforts, one which was well saved. Hoping, with every phalanx crossed, that he's fully fit for Friday night. Gregory - 9 - Man of the Match - Just shaded it over Bannan & Byers for MotM for me. He was unplayable yesterday. Their centre half, Robertson, had a torrid time, and Gregory both physically and technically superior. Brilliant strikers instinct for the crucial equaliser, but he all round play was phenomenal. The effort with his left foot in the 1st half, which produced another remarkable save from Bazunu, was fantastic, but his touch and lobbed effort in the 2nd half, was a real touch of class. Berahino - 8 - Did well yesterday. Looked stronger, and seemed to use his body much better than before. Took his goal well, although there's more than an element of handball in there! Overall... Given I missed the 1st 7 minutes of the game (train back from Liverpool delayed due to signalling problems ), I thought we dominated a very open game, where both sides played on the frontfoot with positivity. Portsmouth's openness played right into our hands, and made our task relatively simple. But, fair play to the players, because there's been a lot of question marks hang over them for their mentality and fragility at times this season, and yesterday, 1-0 down in front of a packed, expectant Hillsborough, was a prime circumstance for them to go into hiding. But they did the opposite. Even at 1-0 down, they played with confidence and positivity, and put Portsmouth under the sword. From the moment Gregory's goal hit the back of the net, Portsmouth wilted, and Wednesday smelled blood and made the most of that vulnerability. Huge tie awaits us, in a game which belongs at the very highest level, but we have to believe we have enough to beat any the four playoff sides, and I genuinely believe we have nothing to fear. Friday night will be tough and intimidating, but I've full faith in this team...and with a spine of Peacock-Farrell, Hutchinson (Dean), Luongo, Bannan & Gregory, I fully expect us to get the job done.
  8. BPF - 6 - Had nothing to do other than pick the ball out of the net. They had two shots, and scored two goals. Could he have done better with the 1st? Storey - 5 - Awful moment for him for the 1st goal, which totally knocked the stuffing out of us after a bright start. Hutchinson - 6 - Did alright, defended when he needed to. Lost his head in the 2nd half when things weren't going for us, and gave a couple of needless free kicks away. Palmer - 6 - Didn't do too much wrong, but equally offered very little also. Unbalances us due to his reliance of his right foot in the LCB position, and too far fails to support and utilise space in front of him. Hunt - 7 - Nice assist for Gregory's 1st goal, and put him in again a couple minutes later with a similar type of ball. Quieter in the 2nd half, but put in a shift again. Johnson - 7 - Thought he and Bannan were our best players in the 1st half. They linked up superbly, and got in behind on a few occasions. Even in the 2nd half before his withdrawal, I felt he was the most likely source of creation. Surprised he was substituted, but tbf, NML caused them issues also. Luongo - 7 - Much better performance than Saturday, and enabled us to control the game for large periods. Great run and assist for the crucial 2nd goal. Byers - 6 - Another quiet game. Little effect on proceedings. Bannan - 8 - Once again, he was the main source of creativity and drive. Linked up well with Johnson, and constantly probed away. Paterson - 6 - Caused Fleetwood problems early on, but doesn't offer much of a threat. That said, probably takes a lot of the burden of Gregory to allow him to get into goal-scoring positions. Gregory - 9 - One of the most important hat-tricks in the club's recent history. Three different goals, epitomised by his willingness to graft and put in the hard yards. Showed strength and composure for the 1st, a bravery and poachers instinct for the 2nd, and determination & a clinical finish for his 3rd. A genuine match-winning, potential playoff clinching performance. Mendez-Laing - 7 - Positive contribution, and his added pace gave Fleetwood's RWB a real headache Windass - 6 - Little contribution, bar a couple of snatched efforts. Dunkley - N/A - No mark, but he came on and did his job to perfection. Won every single header, and cleared every ball that came his way. Overall ... First off, another team selection where I was frankly baffled by, and it seemed another unnecessary plethora of changes that really didn't yield any benefit to performance, but we got away with it (again). Last night, around the 60 minute mark, was the first time for a fair old while, I had serious doubts about our ability to make the playoffs. But, fair play to the players, they managed to dig deep, find that spark and turn, what would have been a catastrophic defeat, into a crucial victory. Started the game brilliantly. Bannan & Johnson caused Fleetwood a whole host of issues down their right hand side, and after going ahead so early on, it looked like we'd have a pretty comfortable night against a very poor outfit. Then, as we so often have done in, we've gifted them a path back into the game, lost all momentum and control, and then conceded a soft goal from another set piece. It's Wednesday...it was never going to be easy. 2nd half, we saw loads of the ball, but I felt our defenders were too ponderous and cowardly in possession (granted, the pitch didn't make things easy), and Fleetwood didn't have to work all that hard to defend against us. But, a bit of quality from Luongo, and Gregory's tenancity got us back into the game, and the winner swiftly followed. In the end, once we got our noses in front, Fleetwood were never going to cause us any trouble... they were the worst side I've seen this season by a long, long way, and we saw the game out as comfortably as possible. Huge result... but, only half a job done. But, if you'd have given us the opportunity to win a home game to guarantee our playoff position at the start of August, I'm sure we'd have all taken that.
  9. Peacock-Farrell - 6 - I've not seen the goal back, but on first viewing, it seemed to go a long way into the area after Horgan's initial touch...could BPF have come off his line to smother it? Other than that, another really quiet game. Storey - 7 - Did alright. Again, for the goal, could he have come across quicker, seemed to get caught in No Man's Land, neither affecting Horgan or cutting off the ball across to Obita. But otherwise, thought he had a more than steady game. Dunkley - 7 - Man of the Match - Edges the MotM vote. Had a perfectly good goal ruled out, was a constant threat from set pieces (when Bannan got the ball within the same postcode) and defended very well against Vokes. Lost one of the few aerial battles to him, in the lead up for the goal however. Hutchinson - 6 - Steady, but undoubtedly should've done better to stop Horgan breaking through for the goal. Mendez-Laing - 6 - Was a threat in the 1st half, and looked dangerous when cutting inside. Struggled in the 2nd half however. Johnson - 5 - Decent 1st half, but was particularly poor in the 2nd half. Luongo - 6 - Quiet game by his standards. Bannan - 6 - Looked off the pace on Tuesday night, and struggled again today. Poor set pieces, and failed to find that spark we desperately needed. Dele-Bashiru - 6 - Started the game superbly. Strong, athletic, willing runner and caused Wycombe some really issues drift out to the right flank. But drifted out of the game, and became pretty anonymous in the 2nd half. Berahino - 5 - Poor display, and never really seemed to settle into the game. Gregory - 6 - Very good 1st half, with some good link up play, but like so many others, struggled in the 2nd half, and barely had a chance throughout the 90 minutes. Shodipo - 6 - No impact. Paterson - 6 - Made himself a nuisance, won some decent duals, but has to do better with the chance at the end. Overall... 1st half...thought we were positive, threatening and moved the ball well. Dictated the game and played it the way we wanted it to be played. Wycombe are a solid outfit, but I thought we caused them some issues, without ever really tearing them apart. Had a perfectly good goal ruled, which was an appalling decision, and in the end, that was probably the catalyst to the result. 2nd half...it was a scrappy affair. Exactly what Wycombe needed, and they engineered and controlled the game from that point. We gave away a sloppy goal, and that was cost us dearly. After that, it was always going to be a tough ask...and ultimately, our key players failed to turn up when it mattered to make the difference. It wasn't a poor performance...in fact a very similar display to Tuesday night. But, this is League One, and those fine margins can swing either way. Still no need to panic, automatic promotion although the aim prior to today, was always going to be a tough ask, and we're still in a great position to ensure we're in the playoffs. At the start of the season, if somebody would've said to me, we'd be 7th, one point behind 6th, with a game in hand, going into the last week of the season, I'd have taken it. And let's face it, if we fail to secure our spot in the next week, then we really don't deserve to go up. Calm heads required. (And btw, I'd have no issues facing Wycombe in the Playoffs, over two legs, I think we'd have too much for them)
  10. Peacock-Farrell - 7 - One regulation save. Very assured from the few crosses he had to deal with. Cool on the ball. A very assured, if reasonably quiet display. Palmer - 7 - Didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but did a steady job in a backline that kept a valuable clean sheet Storey - 8 - Very close to Man of the Match. Made a couple of crucial headers, one particularly important tackle when Long got clean through for Crewe in the 1st half, and got Hunt out of jail following a loose pass at 1-0. Johnson - 8 - Man of the Match - Despite a change in role, I thought he was exceptional again. What an athlete. Covered so much ground, and dealt with everything from a defensive point of view, as well as providing much needed width out on the left flank, given NML's tendency to want to play narrower and cut inside. Hunt - 6 - Quiet game last night, and I was surprised he wasn't given a rest at some point. Hope the games aren't catching up with him. Very fortunate to be spared any blushes by Storey, following a really sloppy piece of play in the 2nd half. NML - 7 - Frustrated me in the 1st half, with the desire to cut inside onto the right foot. Much better in the 2nd half, and did well to earn the crucial penalty. Just think we lack balance when he plays on the left hand side, and I'm not convinced we were any more of an effective attacking outfit, trying to squeeze he, Hunt and Johnson into the same side. Byers - 6 - Surprised by the plaudits for him tbh. Commented on the 40 minute mark how the game had seemed to bypass him by, and although he improved at the start of the 2nd half, for the last 15 minutes we seemed to lose total control in the centre of park (which resulted in Luongo hairing about giving silly fouls away on a regular basis) Bannan - 6 - Struggled tonight after a bright 1st 10 minutes. Suffered having to play deep due to Paterson's bizarre selection as No. 10. He oftens stands out even when having a relatively poor game, but I thought he looked off the pace, and his range of passing never seemed to find any consistency last night. Still worked hard, and perhaps the volume of games and minutes caught up with him last night...fingers crossed a couple of days rest, will ensure he's back at it for a crucial game on Saturday. Paterson - 5 - Bizarre team selection. I'm not sure what Moore sees in Paterson that makes him even consider playing him as a No.10...he constantly seemed to find himself in No Man's Land in the 1st half, and he just looked baffled as to how he could get in the game. Baffled how he managed to stay on for 90 minutes, but I suppose, the positive side to it is, we won the game, rested Gregory for 20 minutes, and gave FDB and Luongo another games rest. Berahino - 5 - We saw the Goal of the Season from Bannan on Saturday, and Miss of the Season last night. Unbelievable miss. Snatched at another glorious opportunity 2 minutes after the sitter, and seemed to struggle to settle into the game from that point. Gregory - 8 - Thought he was on it from the 1st minute last night. His touch was immaculate, strong, willing runs, stretched Crewe on a couple of occasions, and stood up, under huge pressure, and kept his cool to earn us the win. Luongo - 6 - Struggled when he came on, Thought we'd take the game by the scruff of the neck with his arrival, but in fact, we looked stretched at times (thankfully Crewe were frankly, hopeless). Fortunate not to get booked for a really poor tackle, before picking up his yellow card. Kamberi - N/A - Looked very bright. Unlucky not to score. Dunkley - N/A - Couple of rash decisions Overall... First 10 minutes was fantastic. Full of energy, positivity and the game should've been won inside 6 minutes. But, as the half went on, we seemed to lose that intensity, and Crewe began to look more and more difficult to break down (after initially looking like we'd score with every attack early on). However, we kept plugging away, and we got the breakthrough, and although I felt we lacked a serious amount of belief late on (sending Dunkley back for a corner late on against already relegated, bottom of the league, hardly spells self-belief does it!). Before the game, we'd have all took a scrappy 1-0 win...and that's exactly what we got. The those three points that matter....we need need to emulate that on three more occasions....
  11. Peacock-Farrell - 7 - Safe aerially, and made a good save to deny Twine late on (before the free kick). No chance with 1st goal, probably caught too far over to his left hand side for the free kick. Kicking was wayward all night however. Storey - 7 - Defended well generally. Got sucked in for the 1st goal, which left acres for Parrott to run into. Dean - 7 - Started the game very strong, unsure what was up with him. Looked like some sort of concussion, but Moore said he thought it was a calf issue... can't afford to have him missing games again. Palmer - 8 - Probably the pick of our defenders. He was aggressive and positive in his defending, and stepped in front of MK Dons attempts to play into feet on numerous occasions. Not sure why he didn't just head the 1st goal off the line though! Hunt - 7 - Steady, without been one of his better games. Stuck to the task. Johnson - 7 - Similar to Hunt really, had to work exceptionally hard up and down the flank, and did alright. Byers - 7 - Thought he started the game brilliantly...Rolls Royce like, and played a key part into the build up to the 1st goal. But seemed to get sloppily as the game went on, and those space MK had no joy in finding in the 1st half, slowly became more of an issue as the game wore on. Dele-Bashiru - 8 - Brilliant return to the side, and I'm chuffed for him. He's been one of the (must-have) Scapegoat's this year for some bizarre reason, but he demonstrated yesterday the qualities he possesses. Will run all night, will stick his foot in, and often overlooked, can turn defence into attack very quickly with those powerful runs. Bannan - 9 - Man of the Match - Two assists, and the Goal of the Season. Sensational 1st half performance. He worked tirelessly on the high press, not allowing MK Dons to pass themselves out, but produced key moments of quality when it mattered. Berahino - 7 - Took his goal well, although he owes a lot to the goalkeeper. Linked up play nicely at times, and played his part in a good team display. Gregory - 8 - Good movement and finish for his goal, and he'll be disappointed he didn't score before our 1st goal. Toiled away, and worked ridiculously hard, tracking the MK wing backs & wide centre halves constantly. Dunkley - 7 - I've seen people blaming him for the 1st goal, but not sure you can attribute too much blame. He's won the header, and players around him have left us woefully exposed. Did well after that, won what he needed to, kept things simple. Headed it, kicked it. Overall... The 1st 30 minutes was a near perfect display. We stopped MK Dons from playing, instigating a high press, but keeping very compact whilst doing so, but matched that with quality when in possession, and caused MK Dons a number of headaches. Good to see training ground routines paying dividends, and having somebody with the ridiculous quality of Bannan in these tight, nervy games could well be a key differential for us in the run-in. Sloppy defending before half time allowed MK a sniff, but I thought, although our press wasn't as high and we adopted a slightly different approach in the 2nd half, we kept MK relatively quiet throughout the 2nd half. When Bannan went off, and Byers started to look leggy, MK started to find those pockets, and Twine started to become a danger late on. Thankfully the 2nd goal came late enough, to not worry us too much (although it was a long 4 minutes!), and we got a vital victory. We MUST follow it up with victory on Tuesday now, which will allow us to go into the Wycombe game, almost as a free shot to securing our playoff spot. Still in our hands, and we've made things a whole lot easier for us. 9 points guarantee it, 7 points will likely be enough. I don't think we can ask for much more than that...win our home games, and take a point from either Wycombe or Fleetwood...job done.
  12. Think Plymough have built up enough of a gap to make them just about safe, barring a dreadful run of form. Wycombe have got a really good run-in. Four away games against poorer opponents, and two huge home games against playoff rivals. I'd fancy them to pick up 13-14 points from those, and sneak in. Sunderland's fixtures aren't too bad either. Two "nice" home games, plus one against a potentially already promoted Rotherham, and an away game aginst a likely already relegated side on the final day. Again, can see them picking up 11-12 points. It's going to go right down to the wire. Our away games are an issue. Bolton will be tough, MK Dons away is probably the toughest game anybody would have currently, and Wycombe away will be huge. Feel like we're reliant on winning our last two home games, plus the rearranged Fleetwood one, and hopefully picking up a draw or two in the other "toughies". Can't see any other sceanrio than ourselves, Sunderland, Wycombe and perhaps Oxford, all going into the last day potentially with something to play for. Made yesterday's goal so much more important. *Gulp*
  13. Nah, comfortably onside.. It was a great, and crucial save. Did really well to stay big and not commit. That said, it was a pretty awful finish also.
  14. Agree with that. I think they make up the most balanced back three. Dean looks too good for this level, reads the game brilliantly, organises and aerially is strong. Storey has been fantastic since he arrived...if he's available, he has totally deserved his place. The LCB spot is the slight issue, and Gibson's injury record is a concern. But, his recent return showed that he looked like a natural fit in that position. Hutchinson does OK in that position, as does Palmer, but both don't offer that natural balance. It all seems a bit clunky when either of those two play. Iorfa is back-up for Storey, and tbf, needs to regain his confidence and sharpness. Dunkley is a back-up for Dean, and has not let us down at all this season. In fact, before his injury, he was the in-form player. Hutchinson is a back-up for Gibson, and Palmer is adept at covering in either wide positions, if we pick up another couple of injuries.
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