Malcolm Dawson writes….Is PDC’s hard line approach to discipline making life tough for himself? Few of us have been overawed by Stephane Sessegnon’s performances this season, but most of us would have preferred him hungover to the ineffective Ji. The manager was also evasive when asked about Gardner’s absence and despite signing 11 players over the summer today’s starting line up contained 5 of last season’s old guard and in Westwood, Wickham and Ji another three who were on the books but rarely featured. So only Giaccherini, Celustka and Diakite of the summer signings were on the field at the kick off. Fair to say the first half was dreadful but we started the second period brightly. The returning Norman Stanley did what Norman Stanley does and another fightback looked to be on the cards. Then O’Shea did what O’Shea does and it wasn’t. Paolo thinks we were OK in his e-mail to M Salut but truly this is not the start to the season we hoped the revolution would bring.
We conceded from the first corner – the opponent didn’t even jump or challenge, but the ball is two yards from goal and finished at the opponents’ feet. There was a little deflection but it was a very poor goal.
We came back but you can see that to score a goal we have to build up good play, otherwise it’s difficult.
We can only analyse the individual behaviour…because in general, to be honest, talking about football we did well.
They were down when we scored and we were on top, but we kept the ball without trying to do something to hurt the opponent.
Steven Fletcher proved today that even at 40% of his fitness he gives us something.
We didn’t have Jozy [Altidore] today and he’s one of our best players with quality so it’s difficult for us – you can create but it’s difficult to score.
We had four or five chances to counter but we gave the ball away too cheaply.
Today we have brought in Ki Sung-Yueng from Swansea. It’s obvious that he has quality, physical presence and he’s young.
The fact that he has played for a few years already in British football made me happy that he decided to sign for us.
All the best,
Paolo Di Canio
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