I said it in the pre match thread against Collingwood.
You need enough players within your defensive 6 or 7 that can successfully exit the ball by foot from the back 3rd of the ground.
Particularly against these better sides that are well drilled, organised, and have a consistent approach to shutting down play makers off HB.
But you still get nuffies saying “Dea should have stayed in, in place of McNiece”.
Now personally, and I made this point in the Changes thread, I would have gone Ridley in place of 1 of Ambrose or Dea, but I clearly understood the selection of McNiece.
He’s not a speedster, but certainly quicker than Paddy and Dea (important against the Pies forwardline), and definitely a better kick, much better !
I went to the game, and am now 3 qtrs into the replay, and haven’t seen any howlers from McNiece.
Speedy says he was playing on Thomas who was virtually unsighted.
Yet we still have f*cktards placing him in their OUTS because they’ve already decided he isn’t good enough.
How about we have a look at him for a couple more weeks ?
See if he can develop some confidence at the level against some lesser sides.
At age 26, we need to make a call on him.
Just needed to vent because this place sh*ts me at times.