Monday, 23 February 2015

Test for Luzon

After two successive 3-0 victories, Guy Luzon takes the side up the M1 tomorrow for a testing league encounter with table-toppers Derby County. The result and how we play will be a good pointer to just how far Luzon may have been able to influence the team since taking charge.

Interestingly, both of Luzon's wins have followed a similar pattern as under Peeters, in that we have won in spite of conceding a lion-share of play. Against both Brentford and Wigan we managed only 36% possession. We need to find a way to get more control in central midfield if we are to make winning matches more sustainable. That may be the primary factor behind recent loan signings of Chris Eagles and Alou Diarra. Eagles may be a winger primarily and Diarra signed as cover for Johnnie Jackson but both may play a role in helping us get more of a grip in the remaining games of the season. Diarra's arrival may also incentivise Yoni Buyens who suddenly looks largely disinterested.

Derby will be hot favourites tomorrow night to repeat their early-season home win against us which ended our interest in the League Cup. I'd probably take another 1-0 defeat now but Guy Luzon may have other ideas. It would be great to be going unbeaten-in-three into the home match against the Terriers in front of 23 or 24,000 fans.

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