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Alan's Tactics Baffle Wednesdayites!

Giles Coke, James O'Connor, Darren Potter and Tommy Miller? Aren't they all central midfielders? Danny Robinson has his say on Irvine's tactics...

That was the question that many Owls were asking before and during Saturday's game with Bournemouth after Alan Irvine's surprise midfield selection.

With Jermaine Johnson resolving family issues in the U.S, Irvine made the choice to leave Chris Sedgewick and Gary Teale on the bench, leaving Wednesday without a recognised wide midfield player on the pitch.

This sparked anger from many fans as the team seemed to lack width, determination and the guile to break through a well-organised Bournemouth team. Booed of the pitch heading into half-time, Irvine decided that changes were needed.

On came Gary Teale who replaced James O'Connor; Teale slotted in on the left while Coke moved to his favoured central midfield berth.

Neil Mellor also replaced the out-of-sorts Clinton Morrison as the Owls found the width and Mellor caused havoc upfront - Wednesday bossed the second half, with substitutes Teale and Mellor combined for the much needed equaliser courtesy of Mellor's right foot.

Now many questions will be asked of Irvine's next team selection.

Will he play Teale from the start?

Will Jermaine Johnson or Marcus Tudgay fill the right midfield position?

Should Mellor and Heffernan form a new-look Owls attack following their impressive displays?

One thing is for sure - Irvine will not stick with the four central midfielders that started on Saturday!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Danny Robinson
Date:Tuesday October 26 2010
Time: 12:35PM


I couldnt agree more, bad, bad tactics. His safety first approach is starting to get on my nerves. to be fair, most have slated teale this season so iv no issue with him being dropped for a game. id go with teale on the left, coke and tudgay in the middle (yes, i think tudgay would make a fine central midfielder) and jj on the right. probably go with mellor and morrison upfront, if we can create any chances id bank on these two getting plenty of goals this season. also have jones and semi bombing forward. if we actually attack teams we'd be top by massive gap.
26/10/2010 12:50:00
For me AI's choice of starting 11 last Saturday amply demonstrates how tactically inept he is. Got to give him some credit for changing it at half time (if it was his decision) but Jeez, how about making the opposition worry about our strengths for a change? Let them play wilth a bit of freedom ffs! AI is in danger of boring us all to death.
26/10/2010 12:55:00
dont think i'd drop miller or coke so those to in the middle for me jj left tudgay right morrison mellor up front but after teale's performance as sub he' d proberly get a start saturday with jj on bench i'd be tempted to drop morrison for heffernan to
26/10/2010 14:04:00
If you go onto Vital Charlton site you'll find thats exactly what Phil Parkinson has quoted. Preston played on the counter attack and wednesday do the same. I'm sure he's already sorted his team. Me thinks we need to change it and prove Parky wrong!
26/10/2010 14:17:00
I've got no doubts he's a top class coach, but his tactics and team selections do make me wonder sometimes. He's an intelligent bloke though so I'm sure he'll learn from his mistakes.
26/10/2010 14:58:00
id drop O connor and Potter full stop,they just dont cut it in football.
27/10/2010 10:08:00
I see a lot of of glen whelan in potter. Remember before laws took over, he was on the transfer list and getting booed off our 'great' fans. Laws came in, took the shackles off and he's now a premier league and internation player. Again, on loan under laws, potter looked great for us, AI took over, safety first approach, he looks exactly like whelan did pre-laws. I honestly think theres a good player in potter, just takes the right manager to get the best out of him.
27/10/2010 10:34:00
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