Having been criticized after only managing a draw against WBA many fans, who are only good to complain about his tactics and the way he fields the team, were preparing to argue again.
This time about the formation which Hart had chosen to play against Bolton, on Saturday: No Pennant, no Gekas and no Basinas, once again, no Greeks.
It was only evident to me that Hart will play Kaboul as a right back and Johnson in the midfield role, a position he is managing very very well. The only doubt I had was that of Nugent. To me, he did not work very hard last week to retain his place, but against the Trotters he did very well, only before fading out after halftime, something he often does. I was hoping to see Pennant on that left side, but it did not happen.
However, stubborn he might be, Hart played with the same formation, that of 4-5-1 and did not call up Gekas. I am sure that so many fans were very surprised, and were thinking that we will be poor once more. But that did not happen. Hart’s tactics, had worked once again, and claiming this victory does put us in a better position to play Manchester United this coming Wednesday as safety seems very likely now.
Hart has introduced Kanu instead of Nugent, and what a substitution that was! People might have wished that Gekas was able to come on instead but Kanu seems to give Hart whatever he needs, the winning goal, as if we go back to the Everton match, it was Kanu who played a huge part in Crouch’s goal! And only Hart knows that.
With this victory, the way the team has played and controlled the match, Hart shows that he knows his team much better than anybody else.
Credit to Hart and Kidd, once more.
Written by Pompey Malta.
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