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While it just didn't work tactically on Saturday, last night was completely different.
The shape looked good, Gareth plumped for a midfield diamond with two up top. And it was much, much better. If nothing else because we pretty much had all eleven players in their preferred, natural positions.
Sido looked a better right back than Harriman, who was also much improved on the right side of midfield. De Havilland made a very promising senior debut alongside the imperious Anthony Stewart, as did Cameron Dawson in goal, who looked comfortable throughout.
In midfield McGinn and Bloomfield complemented each other and up front both Southwell and Akinfenwa were definitely helped by each other's presence. Both were terrific.
Gareth and the lads will take a lot of heart from that performance I'm sure following Saturday's poor start.
Previously we've used the diamond formation sporadically before dispensing with it, as sometimes it just doesn't seem to work. It's always hard for the two wide players to both tuck in and provide threat out wide. But Wood and Harriman managed that last night assisted by Bayo's ability to deliver controlled possession in the final third.
For now I think we should persevere but be prepared to move to a more conventional 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 if it isn't working which it won't always.