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Where i will agree on Manning is he is actually smart in terms of game management he knows how to win a foul when he's under pressure and he will pull a player down when needed which I actually like. If he could sort his passing out, as currently in my view he can't pass water, I would say we have a very very good player on our hands. Be interesting if Nas has any stats on Mannings distribution
If we survive, then I hope Gary Penrice will get us that enforcer type of player.
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You have to give Ollie the chance to change the team a bit and make a push next season. Hard to judge him on what's happening now. All you can say for definite is that his recruitment has been very good Smith, Freeman and LuaLua (if he stays) all look like real assets, plus he pushed the club to sign Wszolek before the end of his loan period. Morrison is the only failure but he was worth a punt for a loan. We're only losing games by the odd goal which suggests the problems are at the back - I'd be surprised and disappointed if we didn't sign two industrial strength CBs in the summer - Lynch and Ned are fine for cover but neither should be first choice.
We are in desperate need of a Derry type player firstly, for winning the ball and secondly, for organising a midfield to defend - something that has been lacking for a long time.