How is our organisation?
Dougie said that had Owen Garvan scored the penalty against Wolves, we probably would`ve gone on to win the match. This very well could have happened and we have shown in the past that with a little momentum, we can do well as a team. A win would`ve given us 7 points from 3 matches and would`ve taken a lot of pressure off Dougie Freedman and co.
It is my understanding that the players were left to decide who was to take the penalty, with both Joe Mason and Jermaine Beckford wanting to step up. However, new recruit Owen Garvan took it and missed. I think we all know that had Craig Davies been on, he would`ve been the one to take it given his good record so far for us this season.
I don`t like it when players miss penalties and certainly hate it when they do while wearing a Bolton shirt. What a player like Owen Garvan needs is confidence, having slipped some way down the pecking order at Crystal Palace, despite being a key figure in their promotion campaign. Missing a penalty is among the worst things you can do for your confidence, especially given our position and the magnitude of the situation.
It`s funny actually, since Garvan wasn`t particularly well received as a signing with many thinking his arrival pointless his penalty miss was taken terribly by fans. However, when Jutkiewicz missed there was a general consensus that we felt bad for him. I know the circumstances were different, but I don`t think we can be to hard on Garvan. I think, despite how he`s started his Wanderers career, he can be a decent player for us in the coming months.
Now, onto the subject matter of the article- organisation. I`m disappointed by the fact that Freedman left it up to the players to decide who was to take the penalty. A club like ours needs structures in place to help us succeed and set piece takers is something that U10s football has nailed down.
Organisation has often let this club down- for example our defence which can sometimes get caught out due to a lack of communication while some try to mark zonally and others try to play the opposition strikers offside.
Sure, they had a magical season last year and they and some outstanding individuals but one of the main reasons for Burnley`s promotion, in my opinion, was there organisation. Look at any of the best clubs in the world and they`ll have systems put in place which the players all know and this will help them through different scenarios.
Even look at rugby- as a defending side the whole back line has to come up as a line to ensure that there are no gaps for the opposition to run into.
We need to make sure our defence knows what they`re doing (although, to be fair Dervite and Mills seem to have formed a decent partnership), we need to have our best set piece takers taking our set pieces and we have to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time. This is up to our manager who should be organising our club more effectively.
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