Youngsters may get a chance

Last updated : 02 May 2006 By Dave Moore
Ronnie Moore has mused over throwing away the chance to appear in this seasons League One play-offs. He said, "The players will never ever have a better chance. This will be a good division next season, this season it has been awful. There just isn't an outstanding side in it and that is from bottom club Walsall to league leaders Southend. Any team on their day can beat anybody at this level, it is just having that consistency."

"While we were chasing we were okay, but when we moved into that sixth spot it was disaster time for us. As soon as we got in front panic set in and you can't have that. You need people in there to take it on the chin, people who are going to fight and scratch. You can't always play well but while you have a pair of legs as a footballer there is nothing to stop you running after balls and make it difficult for the opposition. We made it too easy for Doncaster on Saturday and there wasn't a great deal between the sides. They scored, we didn't. We have thrown our chance away."

With his experience, surely Mr. Moore could see what was happening ealier than this. He needed to take action and make the players perform or stop picking them. Even after poor performances some players have held their places in the starting line up when clearly a shake-up would have been better or a run out for a promising youngster might have paid bigger dividends. Moore is contemplating giving some of the youngsters a run out in the final game of the season at home to Scunthorpe United on Saturday. It all appears to be a case of "closing the stable door after the horse has bolted."