stags4eva wrote:Martin Shaw wrote:DoomMerchant wrote:You've got to have sympathy for Pearce and Bennett. They were immense last season; a model of consistency and as solid as anything we've had in the heart of defence for years.
Personally, I'd have built the team around our rock solid defence, however, Evans is the gaffer and will live or die by these types of decisions. One thing I won't do is slaughter Mirfin and Diamond; they've years of consistency themselves and to be written off so soon would be daft and premature.
What I don't agree with is the fact that the shirts should have been Pearce and Bennett's to lose through lack of performance; yet they've lost them despite being superb, which is incredibly harsh.
in case you missed it, Bennett would have played on Saturday but for his earlier injury
Excellent post couldn't agree more. Pearce must be the unluckiest man in the football league!
And Martin, do you honestly beleive everything Evans/Raynor say to the press or yourself? I know I don't. Surely with the size of our squad if Bennett wasn't deemed fit to start he wouldn't have been risked on the bench either?
I think there are often cases where a player is not deemed fit or sharp enough to start, but is deemed fit enough for the bench. In this case there was not anyone else who would be backup for White.
I can't see any reason why he would make that bit up quite honestly. I was just discussing the team selection with him and he offered that nugget, along with Potter and Digby. That's not to say I believe everything he says.