JAMIE HOYLAND: With a little more belief, Shakers could afford to gamble
11:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Bury FC
IT is a common belief in football that you should only judge a team after it has played 10 games.
Well, Bury passed that landmark in league and cup on Saturday and I think Kevin will now be forming a much clearer opinion about his players.
From the outside looking in, it appears he has his mind set on his defence but is still playing around with his forward line and, in particular, his midfielders in a bid to find that magic formula.
The side looked to have clicked with their 4-1 win at home to Cheltenham Town a few weeks ago, but in the last three matches on the road they have drifted a little as Kevin has tweaked the line-up.
Granted, they have not been dealt an easy run of fixtures, and all of the away games means any progression has come in fits and starts. But this is about the time when you want things to click into place.
Kevin, who admitted his players had huffed and puffed, will not only be looking at their personal performances but also how they gel into the team.
In my opinion, one of the areas that maybe needs to be looked at is the centre of midfield.
Tommy Miller and Andy Procter have been given a job to sit in there, but I don’t think you can afford to have two holding midfielders at this level.
You need more energy and creativity in there to give the side that thrust going forward.
I know the players have changed from last season, but I also sense there could still be a hangover from relegation.
They have had good results at home by playing 4-4-2 but then reverted to just one up front away from home.
I think, with a little more belief, which comes from winning games, they could afford to gamble and continue with a more attacking formation on the road.
Bury got their noses in front at Fleetwood but the home side were always in the game because the Shakers sat back and didn’t commit enough men going forward.
That mentality could very well change with a few more wins under their belt and hopefully the home games coming up will give the Shakers the chance to put a run together.
The fans deserve it, as they were brilliant again on Saturday, but if the results don’t start to come they could easily start to get frustrated.
Kevin has plenty of experience and will be able to deal with that, but I think he will certainly start to look closely at some of his players if they continue to struggle for consistency.
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