Credit Moyes for keeping 2 strikers on when we went down to 10 and we did well with 3 in the middle to their 5. But the pressure was telling and we reverted to 441. Defensively that should have been enough to keep out the second but we defended too deep and ultimately poor defending let them profit from a second penalty.
That said I do not believe we deserved to win? What did we create? I recall at this time last season we were bemoaning the fact that Johnson had been turned down for half a dozen penalty shouts. To me that says it all ? we were in the opposition box causing problems. This season so far we cannot get near, especially on the ground.
Johnson, Anichebe, Yak, Vaughan are not getting any quick service. This is the point ? we do not attack with any speed or urgency. Arteta must be played further up the field to provide bullets for the strikers ? he is the only one with the sure touch and instant control needed for that job. (Yak showed good control yesterday so this may be a role for him or McFadden).
Osman has magic feet but we need that in the opposition penalty area and to achieve that we need the ball on the ground. Yak and Anichebe cannot win headers back to goal. Johnson is a good outlet with a long ball to the wings but we need him through the middle ? he makes the runs but the ball does not come.
Moyes has to find a way of transferring the ball forward on the ground quickly otherwise our strikers will become impotent, which breeds lack of confidence / disillusionment. I think we are already seeing the lack of confidence in our reluctance to shoot from the edge of the box. Solve this one and we are a very dangerous side.
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1 Posted 21/10/2007 at 16:51:48
2 Posted 21/10/2007 at 18:46:08
3 Posted 21/10/2007 at 18:56:12
I’m looking forward to seeing very soon....
Neville Yobo Lescott Baines
Vaughan Anichebe/ Johnson / Yakubu
subs McFadden, Jagielka, Stubbs, Wessels, Yakubu / Johnson / Anichebe
Then we will be dangerous. Moyes must stop playing 4 across midfield and adopt the diamond formation with Carsley way better so far than anybody else as a holding midfielder. It’s bee a frustrating start, but all is not lost.
We have 5 games coming up before the trip to Chelsea - Larissa, Derby, Birmingham, Luton and Nuremberg ( second bottom in Germany and just changed the coach ) that are all very winnable and a chance to restore confidence, momentum and get our best players back.
4 Posted 21/10/2007 at 20:31:59
yep, thats about my take on it too, your spot on in identifying the coming games as potential confidence boosters, dont underestimate the Germans though,
you wouldnt put too much money on us beating Spurs at the moment and they’re pretty much were Nuremberg, are in arguably a weaker league
5 Posted 22/10/2007 at 00:56:35
You are dead right about the tactics but David Moyes clearly does not know how to coach his players to do that.
6 Posted 22/10/2007 at 10:30:25
Whenever hibbert got sent off we reverted to type and started to launch long balls to yak and vic. But as much as it pains me to watch the lads had worked so hard this tactic sometimes comes with tiredness.
I can t say how proud of the boys I am. Positives are Yak showed a glimmer of what he is about. Ii thought Jag was excellant and Tiny Tim is itching to come back into the fold.
So lets have a win on thurday and sunday and we are back on track. Come on you Blues. NSNO!
7 Posted 22/10/2007 at 22:26:00
In the Derby I was sickened to see all of those things yet I also was pleased to see that Neville despite Kuyt?s horrendous attempted tackle simply got on with the game. Gerrard on the other hand was allowed without penalty to influence a blind? Incompetent? Cheating? Referee.
In light of the end result and in line with the modern idea that the end justifies any means it would seem that Neville and I have skewd values. That may well be the case yet unlike Gerrard the two of us can hold our heads up and look the world in the eye.
On something completely different I would like to see statistics that prove or disprove the growing belief among supporters, myself included, that referees show favouritism toward the top four? clubs.
My final thoughts on the derby are that I hope Moyes learned from Benitez the value of making subs when they are needed. When we were reduced to 10 men Rafa immediately brought on a wide player and gained full advantage.
Moyes persisted with identical twin strikers for at least an hour after that ploy was shown to be not working.
I can only put Moyes frame of mind down to an arrogant belief that his original plan was correct and would be seen to be so. Only when dire circumstances demand does he accept the fact that he could have been wrong and changes are needed.
Unfortunately by then it is usually al too late.
8 Posted 23/10/2007 at 09:34:14
the mistake he made was bringing a defender on and inviting liverpool to attack us for the last 10 mins
9 Posted 23/10/2007 at 09:49:19
10 Posted 23/10/2007 at 10:29:42
11 Posted 23/10/2007 at 18:49:35
12 Posted 24/10/2007 at 07:52:12
What would be wrong with playing Ossie on the right, Van the man (i know!) on the left then put Arteta off the strikers with Carsley holding. Whatever your view on the Hibbo/Neville argument, maybe try Phil at right back? At least it would be trying something different. Jags is woefully out of position in midfield. Why not just try it and see? What’s the worst could happen? At the moment we’re struggling anyway!
13 Posted 25/10/2007 at 09:19:58
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