Mike's Moan: Lasley Has To Play
Updated Friday, 21st September 2007
Another away match, another three points - but why did we drop Keith Lasley???
The Aberdeen result was probably our best win of the season, as the Dons are one of the teams we will have to compete with if we want to finish in the top six. We played fairly well in the game but more importantly took our chances when they came along.
The defence played well and coped with most things Aberdeen threw at us and if they got through Graham Smith was looking more like his old self with great saves in a commanding performance. The midfield worked their socks off and the forward line looked dangerous, although McCormack didn't have one of his better games. (the bloke behind me commented that's what you get when you spend the previous 2 weeks training with Maurice Malpas)
So we cant really have much to complain about, we have had an excellent start, the team is playing well and most of the players are flying. However, on Saturday I have to question Mark McGhee's team selection for the first time. I can see no earthly reason why Lasley was dropped from the starting line-up, as in my opinion he has easily been our best midfield performer this season. We are simply a better team when he is playing, as was shown when he got taken off against Hearts - we lost the midfield and barely created another chance.
I know everyone is going to start shouting about team balance etc etc, but we started with Hughes on the left, McGarry on the right and Uncle Phil in the middle at Pittodrie. (Oh my god, a right footer playing on the left hand side of midfield - surely not) So the balance argument is out of the window, McGhee must have felt these three could do a better job than Lasley - and I'm telling him he is wrong!!!
This debate is now null and void with O'Donnell getting injured, as Lasley simply HAS to come into the team for the Falkirk game. You simply play Hughes in the middle where he finished against Aberdeen, move McGarry to the left where he has played many times before and play Lasley on the right - and I don't want to hear any rubbish about Fitzpatrick playing to balance the team as he simply does not posses the quality of the other three.
Falkirk play nice football at times, but are by no means the best team we will face, so if we play the right team we should come away with another away win - prediction 1-3.