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Defender needs a spell on the Charlton bench
11:51am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
ADDICKS columnist MATIAS GREZ believes the time has come for Chris Powell to drop Michael Morrison after his recent dip in form.
I THINK it’s gradually getting to the point where it is acceptable to start becoming worried about the season ahead, as six games is a pretty good indication of your side’s ability.
Especially when you take into consideration the last two matches in which we’ve conceded six goals, made easier only by the fact the heavens made sure three of them didn’t count against us.
I read and heard, even directly from Chris Powell’s mouth, the conditions on Saturday played a part in our defence conceding at least one of the three goals.
However, having watched and re-watched the highlights, I can honestly say I couldn’t find a single goal which was the fault of a puddle and not one of our statuesque defenders.
A major factor in the cause of the constant stream of goals against is Powell’s insistence in starting a clearly out of form Michael Morrison, who doesn’t seem to have any confidence at the moment.
To make him captain is an even more bewildering decision.
Dorian Dervite and Leon Cort are both playing a lot better than Morrison and I think for his sake, for Powell’s sake and for our sakes, he needs to put him on the bench for a while.
Ben Hamer was a player who benefitted from being dropped after a poor run of form last season and openly said how it made him more determined to get back into the first team and make up for any errors he had previously made.
If something isn’t done quickly the next two games against third-placed Leicester and free-scoring Watford could make for tough viewing.
Last night at Huddersfield there were 71 glorious minutes in which the team were playing relatively well and looked like notching their second win of the season.
However, one fortuitous goal from Huddersfield’s point of view, and two more bouts of hopeless defending, saw the hope of that win rapidly evaporate.
People were playing down the defeat afterwards by saying we played very well and that it was the best performance of the season so far.
However, I find it even more worrying even when playing the best we have done for five weeks, we still manage to lose.
One positive to come out of last night’s defeat was Bradley Pritchard’s performance in the centre of midfield, the position I strongly feel is best suited to his abilities.
The 3-5-2 formation allows him to tuck inside, ideally using Chris Solly as the outlet down the right hand side, and Pritchard is now important enough to our team for us to play a formation around him.
If it is a defensive three which doesn’t include Morrison, then it’s a formation which has a lot of potential.
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