Naivety: noun: lack of experience, wisdom or judgementAlternative definitions:
- Playing out 86 minutes of a game against Man Utd and not expecting them to try to win it.
- Allowing an aggressive centre-half to run unchallenged across our box to score.
- Expecting a 12 noon kick-off to stop people going to the pub.
- Sending tickets out by ordinary mail (despite charging them an extra-ordinary £1.50 postage) on a Tuesday and expecting them to arrive next day while there is an industrial dispute going on in the post office.
- Playing an unknown team from the Ukraine with a never before (except in last 5 minutes) 4:3:3 formation having spent most of last year playing 4:5:1
- Expecting players who have played 4:4:2 since they were five years old to even understand a new formation.
- Having got a lead to then carry on playing like our lives depended on scoring 6
- Thinking Hibbert is a European class fullback or that Neville is a midfield player
- Leaving one of our best new signings out, preferring Carsley (who was only given a new contract when all other options vanished)
- Expecting sensible refereeing from a foreign official.
- Never thinking back to the 60s /70s /80s when every British team (except for Liverpool) went after a Euro game hell for leather hitting posts, bars, goalkeepers, suffering ludicrous referees and match fixing only to let in a sucker punch away goal
- Letting in a sucker punch away goal.
- Having the same penalty taker take 3 shots having failed with 2.
- By-passing what is laughingly called a midfield all night by booting it to an idle centre forward who is not even very tall or else for AJ to try to score from the corner flag.
If table football was played that way you would need only 2 levers and guess what, it would take 30 minutes to score a goal.Wessels: Defender Hibbert: Defender Yobo: Defender Lescott: Defender Baines: Defender Carsley: Defender Neville: Defender Osman: Forward McFadden: Forward Yakubu: Forward, allegedly Johnson: Forward Subs: Howard: Defender Jagielka: Defender Anichebe: Forward Valente: Defender (remember him, World Cup semi-finalist, Porto player, may know a bit about European football?)
There is simply no excuse. Even if we haven?t been in Europe much, a few hours flicking through videotapes and DVDs would provide a least a cautionary lesson for all of the above. There shouldn?t be anyone associated with the club from our £25 million forward line (who between them have scored 1 goal this season) to the lunatic who runs the box office, Kenwright (very quiet this week) the fat controller and David Moyes sleeping easily this week.
Or maybe they should take up Table Football?
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1 Posted 22/09/2007 at 17:38:28
I think this forum is now littered with postings such as this, it is scrambling my head, can’t we move on to the Villa game as I am going round in circles reading all the same things over and over.
2 Posted 22/09/2007 at 18:23:27
3 Posted 22/09/2007 at 18:37:37
He’s in the pay of SMERSH you know !
4 Posted 22/09/2007 at 18:39:40
On the issue with 4-3-3, despite us never using it I was rather happy about it when it was announced because I thought it might actually mean we might actually attack. The midfield particularly let us down, I feel. As for Yakubu, his performances have been below par so far and, penalties aside, I didn’t have much of a problem with AJ beyond the lack of goals.
5 Posted 23/09/2007 at 02:08:17
6 Posted 23/09/2007 at 05:04:47
Which bit of ’penny’ and ’drop’ don’t you get yet.
For every false dawn that comes along and I say Davie’s learned the lesson now since (say) Spurs at home in feb 07 there are 4 or 5 crap hoofball, tactically inept fiasco’s culminating in a Bucharest-esque meltdown. This is as good as he is going to get.
7 Posted 23/09/2007 at 11:35:13
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