As with Reading, the side against Fulham featured uncompromising if effective tactics & personnel. We were set up to do the job at hand.
Baker, banished to the Championship for a loan spell with Bristol City continues to raise eyebrows with his development. A partnership with James Chester, hardly plausible 8 weeks ago, now see’s Captain Tommy Elphick needing to show form over any pre-match ritual.
Jordan Amavi (wisely recalled in place of the error prone Cissokho) looks to be rediscovering the match sharpness observed early last season before his campaign was ended prematurely following a serious knee injury.
Alan Hutton also featured, and what he definitely lacks in quality and consistency, brings a fear factor for the opposition at the very least.
This has another positive, in that it enables Bacuna to be deployed in a more natural midfield role. This in turn releases two supporting midfielders, Jedinak & Gardner of late, to provide much needed cover. That certainly trumps the one man midfield as witnessed against Preston.
Now, none of this necessarily results in a particularly cultured or dynamic interplay yet, but the points already suggest it’s damn effective. I’ll take points over pretty any-day.
The Wolves game aside (where Bruce certainly couldn’t be blamed), we haven’t since found ourselves camped in our area for the final 20 minutes. Indeed, we have been the ones threatening to steal the game away by having a predatory figure such as Kodjia or Ayew waiting to pounce.
Adomah, injured or indifferent in early showings, delivered perhaps the first real evidence of his value on 80 minutes, bursting onto the ball after good pressure from Kodjia.
The immediate and precise cross to the Ivory Coast international was exceptional, the finish, supreme.
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