It’s been suggested that in the light of four draws on the bounce, the side may need freshening up a little bit. We are still top which does mean we’re not in a bad place, but form does need to change for the better.
It’s weird, discussing a loss of form when we’re unbeaten in the league in 2019, on a nine-match unbeaten run and have lost once in 17 League Two matches. still, stats can tell both stories and we’ve taken four points from a possible twelve.
I think everyone is hurting from yesterday, a draw, but in reality we won’t know if it was damaging or not until the season concludes. It does pay to keep cool and focused on the task in hand, the facts are we’re still top, two points clear and have a game in hand. In ten days time things could look very different indeed.
This coming weekend Bury have a tricky derby with Oldham, Forest Green visit Mansfield and we have a chance to get back to winning ways against Morecambe. There are no easy games, which is why we should be positive as well as concerned. Oldham are just as likely to beat Bury as we are to lose at Morecambe. Such is this league, no side has run away with it and we’ve only been top for as long as we have by virtue of a tremendous start.
Danny hinted at changes in his post-match interview, saying “Everybody needs to be honest with themselves and take responsibility. On Monday, we will do what we do best and come back fighting. We will feel the pain, it will be a long week but it is not the time to blame individuals. We need to stick together, learn and come back stronger.”
The chances are that the XI that take to the field next weekend will be different from the side that started this week. It’s fair for Danny not to call players out, but if I’m being honest I felt a few went missing this week. In patches Pett, Harry Toffolo and Neal Eardley played okay, but they weren’t at their best. Nor was Freck, Bozzy looked uncomfortable in the centre and despite setting one up, Danny Rowe drifted in and out of the game.
At the back I wasn’t entirely convinced by Bolger for the first time since he arrived either, Alex Revell got right under his skin and Grant Smith did okay, but not great.
With that in mind, we’ve put together four different line ups Danny might like to choose from. Have a look, see what you think and vote on the winner on the last page.