If there was ever a game that cried out for 4-4-2, with Baldock up top alongside a big man, it was today's game against Peterborough. We went into the game on the back of a sterile performance at Millwall but were still clear favourites to put Posh to the sword; not surprisingly, given Peterborough arrived with an away record of drawn one and lost two.
But Allardyce bottled it again, sticking with 4-3-3 which is, in truth, 4-5-1 because the wide men lack goal scoring punch. So, it comes down to Nolan and Cole to score from open play with the present formation and we all know that Carlton isn't going to bag the necessary 25 to 30 goals to make this system work. Nolan isn't firing, never mind scoring, so, as I said in midweek, we are going to struggle to score unless Baldock is drafted in and is effective.
So why the reluctance on Doctor Evil's part? Well, as I argued, it comes down to accommodating Nolan. If Baldock plays, we either play the diamond or Nolan is dropped - unless Captain Kev is played up front alongside Little Sam. And Allardyce is naturally reluctant to use Noble alone at the base of the diamond whilst he is still learning the role.
Faubert / Bentley on the right with Taylor on the left can only work with two goal scorers up front. Clubs are getting wise to us already and the Pompey game apart, we have failed to score more than once in any of our home games. That is a terrible record and will cost us promotion without question over the season. Allardyce needs to act and fast!