I really like how Russell Martin has his team playing. They went on a great run last season playing their possession based game. I really liked an interview he had after a few bad results, explaining how he refuses to move away from the clubs identity.
“This talk of a plan B, I don’t understand what people mean. What they mean is, put a big guy up front, that’s a typical British… it’s not happening. It’s not the style of play. The style of play scores us a record goal last Tuesday night (after 55 passes).
“I feel strongly about this. It’s a myth that that’s the problem; it’s not. The style of play gets us to the box three times more than the opposition, double the amount of touches in the opposition box. It (a plan B) just gets thrown at us all the time.
“Ultimately, I believe fundamentally in how the game should be played. We won eight in 11 playing the same way, and then no one throws anything at you about the style of play. And then all of a sudden it’s, ‘You need a plan B’. No. No. We need to get better at what we do. We need to solve more problems being us, with the identity we want to have as a football club.
“Otherwise, you’re just completely outcome-based and every single result changes how you feel about players, changes how you feel about the club, changes how you feel about the process. And I’m not going to do that, because my job is to be consistent with what we’re doing, because fundamentally I believe in it and I believe in the players.”
What he describes in the last paragraph is the complete opposite of how Lee Johnson seemed to think with us. Completely agree with what he says there.
I was very impressed with some of their patterns of play yesterday. No doubt they have to keep improving, especially at bringing the ball out the back.
It's an ambitious way of playing trying to dominate all the opponents. Sometimes you need to do things differently to get the edge. Playing percentages against the best teams in league one I doubt would get them promoted. Might as well go for it with a different style.
It will be a good move for Morton if a loan happens. I'm not so sure he is quite league one quality, but MK Dons suits him much more than Gillingham. A deep lying role in front of the back 3 taking the ball off the defence as they play it out the back. I think Morton also played in some of MK Don's 7-1 win over Coventry in last week.
Aden Baldwin impressed me yesterday. Very composed on the ball and looked a better defender than when I last saw him. Was right to let him go of course, but good to see him looking decent for them.
Definitely a team I would like to send someone like Benarous, or if he needs a loan then Alex Scott. They will likely get more touches with them than any other league one side.