Pilgrims' Patter

The Forum => The B-Ark => Topic started by: Tipps End Pilgrim on April 11, 2010, 04:30:30 PM

Title: Bird On The Pitch
Post by: Tipps End Pilgrim on April 11, 2010, 04:30:30 PM
Whilst not wanting to be too critical at this delicate stage of the season, I've not been overly impressed with Bird's contribution since joining the squad. I am not seeing how he is keeping the likes of Cullingworth and Parker out of the team as he is certainly no better on the evidence to date.

Having played at left back myself, I have watched his performances with interest and have been particularly disappointed with his distribution. In addition, his heading is poor - particularly when compared to the Guiseley left back and even Ben Chapman for Frickley last week. At Hucknall I noted that circa 75% of his passes did not reach their intended target.

Anyway, just an observation. It's the one area I think we are looking vunerable at the moment and hope this doesn't have an adverse impact across our remaining games.

DL
Title: Re: Bird On The Pitch
Post by: kingofnaves on April 11, 2010, 06:01:06 PM
What do expect from a Grimsby player?
Title: Re: Bird On The Pitch
Post by: Lord Cutler Knobhead on April 11, 2010, 07:51:00 PM
In his defense he is quite imposing on the opposition but yes I'd tend to agree that he hasn't impressed.  But you have to keep in mind what a tight unit we have, it must be hard to break into a team performing that well and perform yourself with the same understanding.
Title: Re: Bird On The Pitch
Post by: goodyntu on April 11, 2010, 08:19:31 PM
I'm sorry, but I can't believe that people are still moaning after the season we're having. Bird had a good game away at Hucknall, and been pretty solid in the two home games.
Title: Re: Bird On The Pitch
Post by: lonegunman on April 11, 2010, 08:55:47 PM
Title: Re: Bird On The Pitch
Post by: Tipps End Pilgrim on April 11, 2010, 09:33:42 PM
It's an observation lads - it's not moaning ! My opinion is that he does not add value over and above what we have already. I don't think he is worth relegating Cullingworth and/or Parker to the bench for. Being perfectionists I don't think the management duo will keep him in the squad for long. Being young, strong and naturally left-footed doesn't mean he is better than players we already have.


DL
Title: Re: Bird On The Pitch
Post by: leicester pilgrim on April 12, 2010, 06:35:49 AM

As I understand it Bird is predominantly a left-sided centre-half, and is therefore playing slightly out-of-position at left-back. Considering (i) his age, (ii) the fact that he is out-of-position, and (iii) he's come into a side which has been playing together all season and where he doesn't know any of the other players, I think Bird has played very well. I'd go so far as to say that, if I'd been awarding man-of-the-match on Saturday, he would have been amongst my top two or three candidates. His long throws are a useful weapon, and in my opinion he looks up earlier and distributes the ball better than Cullingworth.