I don’t want to be the weird kid putting his hand up but has something happened to Mike Williamson while out injured?
I remember an honest defender who is good in the air but with a tendency to panic when he’s got the ball, or especially when players are running at him.
Yes he is a decent squad player but I don’t get this idea that if we can get him onto the pitch on Saturday, whatever his physical state, then surely he has to be better than Perch.
James Perch is for me a Championship player, he is not a total liability who is prone to kick the ball in his own net every two minutes, conceding regular penalties in between.
I wouldn’t care but if Williamson was thrown into the mix after only 45 minutes reserve football, the same people desperate for him to play at all costs would be the same ones wanting to hammer him if things went pear-shaped.
If we don’t win back to back home matches against Swansea and West Brom it won’t be purely down to the fact James Perch is on the pitch, he’s an ok player out of his depth in a strange position.
He needs our support and with it we’ll get through any prolonged injury crisis, without that support we might as well hand them the three points before we kick-off.