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Ian’s got a big Harte – and that’s a fact

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It takes a confident player to step up and take a penalty, a reason why this role usually falls to more attacking players. So it’s not the smartest move for a defender to decide he wants to take the spot kick when his team is 1-0 down and the goal conceded was his fault.  

Ian Harte showed he can really keep his cool, smashing home the leveler with so much power it could have broken the net. 

After a strong start in the side his performances over the past few games have not been at the same level. We have looked vulnerable down the left, and Hull were able to capitalise on Saturday.  

Harte momentarily forgot the first rule of defending, opting to play the ball instead of just clearing it, a mistake I’m sure he wo’t make again. What made it more frustrating was the fact we had been on top for large parts of the game, and it seemed we were the more likely team to score. 

There was also a home debut for our newest signing Mathieu Manset. Despite only meeting his new team mates the morning of the game, his inclusion on the bench (and subsequent sub appearance) were not a surprise. 

The club showed their intentions by signing Manset on a rushed loan deal after it became clear a permanent contract could not be arranged in time. At only 21 he fits in well with the long term plans for the club. He is a player we have apparently been scouting (or more specifically McDermott has been scouting) for two years, suggesting he is a player the club think has real potential. 

One thing he does offer us is a plan B.. Whilst we have three strikers already in the first team squad, they are very similar players. Shane Long may be physically strong for his size, but he is not a six foot plus powerhouse and he never will be one. It’s likely that, assuming no players leave the club, his signing will be the last for this window and we now have a player that can come off the bench and offer us something a little bit different. 

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association. 

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