I think he's ok but can't be the core/leader of our back line. Pair him with a proper experienced CB to steer the ship and I'd be a lot more comfortable with our back line and it would give some depth in case of injury. I didnt think it would an option to have both but with Rowles drop in form he might need to drop in to a back up role or battle Clisby for LB if we play a back 4.He does it alright. He does one or two things okay but is not A-league material. Unfortunately there is nobody better.
I get why you say that Wombat but we’re grading on a pretty low curve aren’t we? As has already been said, if we had an experienced quality CB, we could move Ziggy to RB, which is the position he was supposedly signed for.Ziggy is the best of our defenders.
What is his philosophy? Because he seems to set us up each week based on negating the opponent (unsuccessfully) and when we finally get the ball nobody knows what to do with it. Our attackers float around the whole front 3rd and nobody knows where anyone is meant to be.The question keeps arising - is Staj getting the tactics wrong, are the players just too many square pegs in round holes (this is true regardless) or are the players we have just not capable of completing a quality 90 mins without mistakes (also true)
As the players are clearly deficit - is Staj using them the best way he can? Is he playing to the strengths of the cattle we have or trying his systems on them regardless? I'm willing to bet they pull it off in training then it's a gamble to see if they can in the pressure cooker of a real game. Results are obvious. hence constantly changing formation/tactics.
We really need Staj to be able to fill the 10 free spots next season with a clear philosophy in mind, a detailed and extensive preseason to drill them and embed it and then it'll come down to trusting each other and grit
Mate, when I played in the juniors I was never much chop. I was in the Cs and Ds a few times. A grade later, but no matter.Every time I watch that first goal, it makes me laugh even harder. You don't even expect that sort of defending at NPL level.
Exactly how I saw things.I watched Jair pretty closely after the recent discussion and thought he was doing the right things even before the goal. Should have had the penalty IMO and made some runs that went unrewarded including a nice one splitting the two CBs only to never get a through ball sent. Hopefully he gets more minutes.
On the goals Rowles made the same mistake twice (that was his man not Clisby's IMO) and Kim was caught out badly on the third one too. I blame Ziggy & Kim as much as Miller for the one that wasnt from a free kick since there was no sliding in the back line when the run looked dangerous pretty quickly.
It was worrying seeing how slowly we do things in the midfield outside the last 20 minutes. There were plenty of times where it felt like DDS was our only player going full speed in the middle. We know Nisbet can do it but it wasnt there yesterday and Stensness wasnt his best on the ball either. Why can't we start like the 60 minutes plus team? We might get something done then.