Date:Friday May 23 2014
As we have let the disappointing end to the season sink in over the past few weeks, Vital Reading looks at the season that the centrals defenders have had overall.
Alex Pearce - B+ - His season certainly wasn't up to the standard that he set in the promotion-winning 2011/12 campaign, but was still probably our most consistent defender over the whole season. Pearce has had a few bad ones this year, namely against Sheffield Wednesday in both the home and away games, but who has had a perfect streak this season? Like Gunter, the Republic of Ireland international will be in the running for the capatain's armband.
Sean Morrison - B- - Morro started the season off superbly - he was in great form and held the captain's armband in McAnuff's absence. However, like Bridge, his injury sent him downhill and when he came back, he made a mistake in the opening minutes and clearly wasn't match fit in his most recent games. I'd like to think that this was merely down to lack of match fitness and will get a good pre-season under his belt to recreate his early season form from this campaign.
Kaspars Gorkss - C- - People may think I am being a bit kind giving Gorkss a C-, but people will always wants to focus on his bad games, rather than the games he was solid in. Yes, he had a very bad one against Bournemouth, which turned out to be his last game, but Gorkss will always be remembered here as a player who was pivotal in our promotion winning season in 2011/12.
Michael Hector - B - I wasn't sure whether to put him in as a midfielder or central defender, but as I believe his future lies as the latter, I put him with the defenders. Hector showed great promise in the majority of games he played - strong, good composure on the ball and can pick a pass. First and foremost, I hope we get him down on a new deal, then hopefully is allowed to develop as a centre half.
Date:Friday May 23 2014
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