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Poland suffering from lack of depth in squad

India TV News Desk 09 Jun 2012, 19:41:13 IST
India TV News Desk
Poland, Jun 9:  Even with his starting 11 clearly tiring in the second half of their Euro 2012 opener against Greece, Poland coach Franciszek Smuda didn't turn to his bench.

The simple reason: Smuda's squad is painfully short on depth.

Smuda's sole substitution in the Group A match on Friday was forced upon him when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny received a red card for a challenge in the box, prompting the coach to bring on No. 2 ‘keeper Przemyslaw Tyton.

But Smuda opted not to bring on any outfield players to boost a Poland attack that dominated the first half and wilted in the second.

The lack of solid substitutes is a serious problem for the tournament co-host if it wants to advance from the group stage.