Date:Sunday October 1 2006
Vital Sheffield Wednesday contributor Carl Parkin has his say on the current goals crisis in the Wednesday team - is Paul Sturrock the man to blame?...
Here we are once again down at the bottom end of a division, feels like we are destined to spend the rest of our lives here doesn't it?
We are now going into a game with all of our strikers fit and available, so will it be worth all the waiting?
Are we all of a sudden going to score 6 against Barnsley to make up for all the garbage in front of goal over the last 2 months?
I Doubt it!
Does Paul Sturrock know his first choice 11 ? Does he know his first choice strike pairing? And most of all, once he has decided this, does he know how to get them to score?
During his career as a manager he has always struggled to get strikers to score goals.
That fantastic Plymouth team he had three years ago that walked the division, and destroyed us at Hillsborough did not have strikers that scored goals, his top scorer was Graham Coughlan.
The guy who works in my local shop is a huge Plymouth fan, he says that Plymouth relied on midfielders like David Frio to score goals, and that season had half a dozen players in double figures, but no strikers scoring 20 goals.
I don't think we have a midfield capable of backing up our strikers, only Brunt could get anywhere near double figures, so at the moment I cannot see us turning this drought around.
I know that in the playoff season Steve Maclean scored 20 goals, but Paul Sturrock only joined mid season, and just worked with what Chris Turner had tried to start, and it was a freak loan signing of Kenwynne Jones that turned our season around, the most free scoring month we have had under him, and we have never gone back in to try and get him again - WHY?
My worry is that he is waiting for Barry 'Son of Booth' Corr to be fit, he seems to like this player who has managed a sum total of zero goals for Sheffield Wednesday, he must see him in the Micky Evans role that he had at Plymouth where he made hundreds of appearences for very few goals.
Also remember that Sturrock lost the dressing room at Southampton after falling out with James Beattie about how he was asked to play.
We are now very near getting a full fit squad back, and hand on hearts time for you all, the attacking options are all ready and raring to go at Sunderland, and the only long term injured players are now John Hills, Peter Gilbert, Yoann Folley and Richard Wood, are they going to increase our goals tally ? Is this team now going to make a run up the table ?
The problem we have had in the 2 years under Sturrock seems to be creating chances from Midfield. The persistance with playing Brunt on the right, when all the fans know that he has the best left foot in the league, and on the left could create lots of chances.
At the moment Burton O'Brien has been playing left hand side much of the time, but allways ends up in the midfield. We have never replaced JP McGovern on the right, Wade Small is allways injured, so we still don't know what he is capable of, and whether he is a winger or a striker.
Glenn Whelan is doing the hard work in the middle, when really he would be better playing a more offensive position, and Kenny Lunt was bought as a free scoring midfielder from Crewe, and Sturrock still does not know where to play him.
Paul Sturrock has promised to be more attacking at home, and against Derby we had all the possession, but can we remember the Derby Keeper having to make many saves?
Don't get me wrong, Paul Sturrock has done a fantastic job under the current circumstances, but when this squad is fit, are we really capable of breaking into the top half of the Championship?
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Date:Sunday October 1 2006
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