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Warnock Delighted With Debut

Stephen Warnock has said he was absolutely delighted with his debut against Blues last weekend and he loved the spirit amongst the players.

As seems to be the overriding talking point, well outside of the derby win obviously, from the debut of the three new signings, even Warnock has commented how the constant communication through the team - led by him, Dunne and Collins - allowed them to settle right in and find their feet quickly.

Speaking to the Mirror, Warnock admitted that they only found out shortly before kick off that they would all be making their first appearances on the pitch but said the day couldn't have gone any better given the fact we kept a clean sheet.

'It's terrific to start with a win and a clean sheet in a local derby away from home - there's no better feeling for a defender.

'We've only been training together for a few days and I think we've gelled together very quickly. It looked good straight away and there was plenty of talking between the back four, which is what you need - and the result speaks for itself.'

Current captain, Stiliyan Petrov has equally made comments about the organisational benefits that these three have brought to the team and admitted it's a skill we lost within the team once we lost Laursen in the centre of the defence.

It's a big skill to lose, communication is key on the pitch and you need people who will bark orders and keep everyone focused.

Warnock, certainly appreciates that and adds:

'At the back you've got to talk - because if you don't, then you are not going to get anywhere in this league.'

Our season is looking far more promising than it did when it began. There's plenty of work still to do, but the signs are at least looking positive now we appear to have a backbone in defence again.

If our attacking players can keep on form and we can learn to break teams down when Plan A doesn't work, then whilst Top 4 may still be beyond us we could be looking at another decent Top 6 finish.

More than anything though at least with the strengthening we've seen, we won't suffer (everything else aside) a capitulation of last season's February run.

That would certainly do me.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 15 2009

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

he played well Sunday, our back four could of all been given MOTM. Who did get it by the way? Gabi?
leelindsay
he played well Sunday, our back four could of all been given MOTM. Who did get it by the way? Gabi?
leelindsay
not sure who the sponsors gave it to on the day, Collins and Dunne are winning through on our poll though!
The Fear
not sure who the sponsors gave it to on the day, Collins and Dunne are winning through on our poll though!
The Fear
With Luke Young coming back I would imagine he will get the nod at RB with Dunne and Cuellar in the middle. However, in games when we will be under the cosh (v Top 4, derbies, brusing games etc.) then Cuellar at RB is not a bad idea really.
deano.avfc
With Luke Young coming back I would imagine he will get the nod at RB with Dunne and Cuellar in the middle. However, in games when we will be under the cosh (v Top 4, derbies, brusing games etc.) then Cuellar at RB is not a bad idea really.
deano.avfc
cuellar got the official MOTM i think but like lee says the back 4 all deserved it and things can only get better
clarkamus
cuellar got the official MOTM i think but like lee says the back 4 all deserved it and things can only get better
clarkamus
Am I the only 1 who thought Warnock didn't look that good? (Admit that some were questionable passes by Milner) but he didn't pick up many passes & I only remember 1 cross which barely left the ground. Shorey's displays this season have been far better. & Dunne, although he did OK, was lumping everything out for a corner, if not a corner then a throw in. If not a throw in then to the opposite GK. I suppose the 'get rid' mentality from Citeh is still there, but it doesn't help a team who hits opposition on the counter. Collins was head & shoulders over everyone Pun intended.) Was there anything he never won in the air? All in all I tight display defensively & 2 clean sheets on the bounce. Thank you Ciaran Clark for the 1st one. Maybe a loan til Jan would benefit him?
StuLinney
Am I the only 1 who thought Warnock didn't look that good? (Admit that some were questionable passes by Milner) but he didn't pick up many passes & I only remember 1 cross which barely left the ground. Shorey's displays this season have been far better. & Dunne, although he did OK, was lumping everything out for a corner, if not a corner then a throw in. If not a throw in then to the opposite GK. I suppose the 'get rid' mentality from Citeh is still there, but it doesn't help a team who hits opposition on the counter. Collins was head & shoulders over everyone Pun intended.) Was there anything he never won in the air? All in all I tight display defensively & 2 clean sheets on the bounce. Thank you Ciaran Clark for the 1st one. Maybe a loan til Jan would benefit him?
StuLinney
I def agree with you Stu, with Dunne, it seemed we we're inviting on the pressure... effectively playing against himself..
footy_fans
I def agree with you Stu, with Dunne, it seemed we we're inviting on the pressure... effectively playing against himself..
footy_fans
I don't see how anybody can be critical of our back 4 in that gams, I thought they did really well. Especially considering they had probably only trained together once.
jonah
I don't see how anybody can be critical of our back 4 in that gams, I thought they did really well. Especially considering they had probably only trained together once.
jonah
I thought James Collins put in an awesome performance. Slightly agree with Stu, that although for his 1st game Warnock did well, it wasn't a brilliant performance, and Shorey has played better in the games he's had this season
Ericols_Son
I thought James Collins put in an awesome performance. Slightly agree with Stu, that although for his 1st game Warnock did well, it wasn't a brilliant performance, and Shorey has played better in the games he's had this season
Ericols_Son
Despite my 1st impressions (and fairly negative post earlier) of Warnock in a claret & blue shirt, I have every confidence in him to be a success, & hopefully overtake Bridge as Englands back-up LB.
StuLinney
Despite my 1st impressions (and fairly negative post earlier) of Warnock in a claret & blue shirt, I have every confidence in him to be a success, & hopefully overtake Bridge as Englands back-up LB.
StuLinney
 

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