Well the Birmingham game summed it up for me. Piquionne and Faubert are a waste of space. The Fly Tipper has appeared 20 times this season and scored just 2 goals, and one of those was a rebound as he lay on the ground bemused. He is not a winger, to be fair, but he is not a centre forward either, as he proved when clean through against both Reading and Birmingham. He is disinterested, idle and mediocre at very best. He needs to go.
Faubert has his fans but God only knows why. The guy can't read the game. He reacts. He never sees what may happen. The decision to protect his face rather than head the ball into an empty net said everything about his courage and commitment, but even more worrying is this inability to think like a footballer. He simply cannot read the game.
With acres of space ahead of him, he stands flat on his heels until the ball is played. Marking him is so easy. He stands stock still until the ball arrives and then looks for the first opportunity to offload. Early doors, he sent over a cross that an offside Nolan missed. Had Faubert backed his pace, ran another yard and pulled the ball back, Nolan would have been onside and in the perfect position to score.
Look again at that cross to Cole which led to Myhill's brilliant save. It was behind Cole. Why? Because Faubert didn't back himself to skin the full back and pull the ball back, making defending impossible and scoring so much easier. Of course, his stupidity was there for all to see when he stood fat arse to goal as Myhill parried Lansbury's shot into what should have been his path.
Allardyce pulled him off even though he can't play on Saturday and other legs should have been saved with three games in a week. But what choice did he have? Faubert was awful.
What choice indeed given Sears replaced him? I may stop calling Allardyce Doctor Evil and opt for Hobson instead!