We scored a good goal on the break though and that was exactly what the changes were for. Miller and Nelson had stopped working as one was, obviously, having to drop into midfield all the time and neither really seemed to want to be the one to do that deeper role. Then when Wright came on it was natural for him to sit deeper and with Jesse Curran on as well, we suddenly had two players capable of holding the ball and taking men on. I thought it was a move that worked, because at 9 men, we really had to give up their half of the pitch and look to hit on the break. He also seemed to want to allow another young lad on, no matter what, and on a day like today I'm all for that.
I'm much more upbeat about McPake and Irvine having a shot at it, if they do. I think McPake is a motivational guy that comes with a huge amount of respect from his fellow professionals and would definitely demand and get respect and hard work from his team, without constantly isolating players in the way our previous three managers seem to have done. I thought stuff today like bringing in Robertson for a debut, bringing Hamilton back in, seeing as I guess he'll be first choice next season, making Cammy captain, dropping Woods from the squad and also the way we were playing prior to the sending off, makes me think he's an intelligent thinker capable of making positive change, given time.
Personally I'd far rather him than a nugget like Adams who has marginalised players, fallen out with fans and fallen foul of officials everywhere he's been. I think we need to move forward in a positive way, with a longer term plan and a real change of emphasis. McPake may not be that man, but, for me, the old guard are definitely not the answer.
Really tough decision for the club because there's genuinely not a stand out candidate that I can see.