Thanks Barney - got through two cups of coffee while reading your post!!
Thought I'd stumbled into an echo chamber last night, so here's my two penn'orth aimed at widening the discussion a bit.
Firstly, a few points:
Worthing are a very good side, possibly the best I've seen all season
Worthing play the same formation as us! For Bricknell, Youngs, Parcell and Taaffe read Newton, Meekums, Ajiboye and Starkey. Last night they played it better than us.
We lost the game not because we played only one up front, but because a lot of bad things happened in quick succession - Youngs' injury, Hatton's red card, Parcell's injury, Sutton's injury. That's a lot to cope with, especially when up against a side like Worthing
Here are a few points that have not yet been raised:
Do we have a problem with fitness? This would explain the tailing off towards the end of games and the silly errors that happened on Saturday.
Regarding the defence - we have good defenders, but not a good defence, if that makes sense. I think that we need a Darren Purse-type in the back line to organise things on the field. Joe Wright seems to be far more exposed this season, and he can only do so much
Up front, Billy was getting adequate support last night until things got disrupted. Parcell, Taaffe and Youngs were all joining the attack regularly. Selecting a second striker would necessitate a change of system and sacrificing one of our midfield - and I for one would not want to say which one!
See - there is far more to it than simply picking an extra striker!
Although annoyed at getting knocked out of the cups, I am still not too disheartened by our current position; we are at the right end of the table, and at the moment no other team seems inclined to break away at the top. Andy's most difficult task now will be to restore confidence after three straight losses.
Right - get stuck into that lot!