We have just entered the second phase of games and already it's getting tough. But that's what we have a big panel of players for, when suspensions start to take their toll and when injuries start to mount up, the teams with the best panels reap the benefits. We have two players missing through suspensions ahead of tomorrows game at Shamrock Park, against the Ports. Anyone of these two players, Sparky and Gavin, would be vying for a starting role alongside Captain Jenks, if Fergie was to change tack and play with at least one ball-winner in centre-midfield.
But we are afraid that there's every indication that Fergie will stick to his guns and persevere with Thommo and Captain Jenks as his chosen pair. It may pay dividends tomorrow, as by all accounts the Shamrock Park pitch will take a considerably amount of rain by kick-off time tomorrow afternoon and this fact will mean very little play at centre-midfield. But its a dangerous tactic and we at 'Sport would like to see at least one defensive man in midfield.
There are many permutations that Spike could use tomorrow, he could recall Marky and play Tony in midfield. He could push Archie up and play Kyley alongside JT, or he could play Ruddy in midfield. Spike inherited Captain Jenks from his predecessor, Roy Walker and one of the first things he did that summer was to recruit Thommo. Since then Jenks has become the backbone of our team and Thommo is struggling to keep up, but Spike will always pick him.
Ports will feel they owe us tomorrow as we gave them a football lesson at Showgrounds in August, forget about the 3-2 scoreline, it wasn't that close, but as usual we missed a bagful of chances to really punish them. But since then they pushed on and were leading the table last week until capitulating against Chickenville at Solitude. So they are a wounded animal and we best be careful, if we don't want a backlash. So come on Sky Blues, lets shag those apple-pickers!