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A Striking Problem?

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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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 1 2006

Time: 9:07PM

Your Comments

Tell us something we dont know :) Good points regarding Sturrock at Plymouth though. I wouldnt be surprised if Cocko top scored for us this season!
welshyowl
I would love to argue but this is one of the best pieces I've read about our predicament, the only thing I could add by way of hope is that the confidence of that one win could kickstart our season, please!!!
robc
Frighteningly accurate assessment.
Auckland Owl
Good article, I agree with it.
Nightowl
How about getting behind KPS and the team. The reason Maclean banged in 20 goals was because he was fit for a long time, and he started to get goals out of Talbot towards the end of the season when he was first team fit. Burton and Tudgay were starting to click last season while they were fit and having a decent run together. The reason Plymouth didn't score with their strikers was because they could hit a cows arse with a spade. The fact is on the odd time we manage to give our first choice strikers a decent run they start to score (with the exception of Graham I am willing to conceed). Kenwyne wasn't a fluke signing, it was the second time KPS has signed him. The problem is when our strikers aren't fit Mr Allen will give us no money to get decent replacements, when he did we saw Kenwyne Jones bang in 9. We need to stay together and stay behind KPS and the boys, however hard they make it for us. WE DON'T WANT TO TURN OUT LIKE LEEDS FANS!
wednesday4europe
We're all behind the team, we all want to win but facts and goal scoring figures don't lie, if you score more than the other team you win, simple really. Unfortunately we aren't doing that. Maclean is yet to prove himself at this level, as is Talbot, Tudgay I believe is our star and just needs to hit the net (as well as being kept away from knives for the rest of his life), Burton is an oddity, a target man to short to be the genuine article but his size makes him very hard to knock off the ball, his scoring to playing ratio is poor but leads the line to link up play (very much as Evans did at Plymouth). It is not disloyal to have reservations, I'll wager that those who take part in this forum are among those who don't join the boo boys at Hillsborough. Also It is unfair to lay the blame for everything at the chairman's door, he may not be my favourite individual but what credit does he get for trying to cope with the debts incurred by our freespending time in the nineties when we bought too many players who simply cared about money and not the club. Having said all this I appreciate your point about getting behind the team and as I said previosly I fervently hope that the confidence of a win will put some confidence into the team, we pass the ball well, we defend for most of the time well but we are lacking something, I hope it's as simple as confidence, if you're right and it's money we really are in trouble. Here's hoping we never turn out like leeds fans though some of those morons giving Nazi salutes could point in that direction, every salute like that is an insult to Wednesday players and fans who fought and died fighting that kind of stupidity in WW2, Wednesday fans should be better than that!
robc
Further to my article, can I make one other point ? How many teams in our division will be looking at the Premiership, wishing they had a tallent up front like Gabby Agbonlahor ? Paul Sturrock had him for 2 months, and never played him, as he did not know how to play him.
haxeyowl
ive got a good idea swap him with billy sharp cus out of the 2 billy is the only 1 that can score at this level and burton can score at leaue 1 level lol dnt matter were going down eny way. league 1 here we come.
owlmad
 

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