Time to be brave Russell Slade


By Carl Curtis

If Russell Slade wants to at least try and win the fans over and critics then in my opinion he must be brave on Saturday and change his tactics to take the game to Reading at CCS and not play the ‘not to lose’ system he has used frequently in recent games.

His back four I expect will remain the same as Tuesday but it is further forward that I believe Slade needs to change to try and at appease fans with a willingness of at least trying something different.

Firstly I believe the suspension of Whittingham is somewhat serendipitous, with the managers favourite player banned and Dikgacoi currently sidelined then surely Joe Ralls must take centre stage, many fans agree that Ralls is a central midfield player and his energy and willingness to carry the ball and shoot from distance is something our midfield had lacked even before Slade’s appointment.

Gunnarsson would partner Ralls if I was picking the team and I would give Matthew Kennedy his chance to prove his worth with Anthony Pilkington taking the flank on the other side.

Kenwyne Jones must be the big man up top to partner Joe Mason.

Will Russell Slade use Ralls as the catalyst on Saturday to try and turn around our recent performances and results?

I really hope so.

There are better options probably, like playing 3 centre halves with wing backs and going 5-3-2 but I really don’t see Slade changing it that much.

He must act in a manner that fans can see something different being tried but will he play it safe or look to set us up to play attacking football using pace on one side and energy and guile through the middle.

We don’t have to wait long to find out.