Heres my take on this, I think clarke is definitely bombing out odonnell but he's protecting him from the media (and btw if this was pre hunk era he would be getting pelters from the media as it definitely should be)and it will be a "tactical change" or "a niggle" according to clarke.What did O’Donnell do right though? We want our full backs to get to the bye line and add to the attacking, especially when we have 3 central defenders. He barely did that.
O’Donnell was getting in the way of other players (Christie) and also running it out of play. These games are decided on small margins and this guy isn’t going to contribute to that positively.
I’d even take Forrest in there to offer some kind of attacking threat, but ideally Patterson should be in there. Otherwise what’s the point of picking him for the squad? A few of the players let their team down, why not give Gilmour, Patterson and Turnbull a try.
Clarke would rather get knocked out the tournament doing things ‘his way’ than bow down to what he perceives is public pressure and have a chance of going through. Terrible mentality.