Friday, 20 August 2010
Bolton - A Must Win Game! Drop Green and Tomkins.
O dear God, second game in and, because of the tough start to the season, tomorrow's game against the Dirtiest of the Northern Illegitimates has already assumed the mantle of a must win game. Anything less than 3 points from this one and we may well be rock bottom through September.
Avram has surely learnt a few lessons from Saturday. Coyle arrives, meanwhile, knowing how he and Bolton did a number on us at the Boleyn last season. Both managers will have the frailties of both Green and Tomkins at the front of their thoughts as a result.
Bolton are, of course, Green's bogey team. He had a mare at the Reebok last season and at the Boleyn against Bolton's thugs the season before. He wasn't wonderful against them at Upton Park last season either, although Spector and Tomkins were most at fault for the three goals we shipped. Mind you, the decision of Upson to leave Tomkins to mark Davies means that he was not above blame.
To win, we have to push Bolton on the back foot. None of this 5-5-1 nonsense, with a negative midfield. Let's see 4-4-2, with Piquionne or Diamanti operating just behind Cole, aka Di Michele. Tomkins has to go surely. Da Costa is my pick to handle Davies, although Ben Haim's experience may be preferred, especially as there is no great pace in the Bolton front line. I fancy Ilunga to handle Lee better than Spector managed, but I wouldn't be hugely surprised to see the American return at right back, so poor was Reid at Villa.
My team would read:
Stech: Reid, Da Costa, Upson, Ilunga; Faubert, Noble, Parker, Barerra, Diamanti, Cole.
Stech is a risk I know, but Green was a bag of nerves against Villa and will be even worse as he faces all his worst nightmares at once. Coyle will want Grant to pick him, so Avram shouldn't oblige.
Can we win? Of course we can! Will we win? Recent results suggest not!
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:57