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Assuming Baines is injured Moyes has got it spot on. Would have preferred not to throw Yobo back in but right not to start Vaughn as many people have been saying. Gives us a good option on the bench and all our best performances come with a 4-5-1.

What are the chances VDM gets a run out today? I'd say similar to that of Phil Neville scoring a goal that he doesnt mis-hit!
Ian Barker, york     Posted 09/02/2008 at 14:21:47

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Michael Hunt
1   Posted 09/02/2008 at 18:29:38

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I think that is bollox Ian. My heart sank when I saw Moyes opted for AJ up front on his own. I believe it gave Reading the confidence to go for it and largely outplay us in a scrappy first half. But for Hoard’s saves and errant finishing from Reading we could have been stuffed in the first half! Thank heavens Moyes made good his error and brought the fantastic James Vaughan on. He changed the game for us. Moyes’ negative initial team selection would have been better had we been away to a truly top side, but he should show more confidence and endeavour at home. I hope he has learnt his lesson, his negativity today could have cost us big time. PS. Vaughan could easily have been very disillutioned at not starting today, especially with the Yak frozen out and Vic injured. I hope Moyes keeps faith with him for the Brann games and in the league two. He so nearly got the goal his play deserved and feck knows how Cahill or AJ did not tap in the goal he layed on a plate for them. Had the roles been reversed Vaughan’s blistering pace would have got there easily. Also, on such a turgid overall performance, Vaughan’s spectatular overhead was worth the admission fee alone. I hope he stays injury free and is given the run he deserves. He will not dissapoint (I have not been this excited about a product of our youth system since you know who...thank heavens Vaughan does not have a penchant for grannies!) Whilst Vaughan is a different type of player to Rooney and less gifted overall, his all round game means our JV can be the complete striker. He deserves to spearhead our attack. AJ is the perfect foil for him. Let Yak fight for his place...this lad is the bizzo!
Dan Parker
2   Posted 09/02/2008 at 18:47:16

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I though Yobo was excellent today given his jet-lag. Phil Neville almost fucked it for us at the end by pissing about and giving the ball away for a Reading corner at the last gasp.

Jags made the difference toady!
Mark Ramshaw
3   Posted 09/02/2008 at 19:00:54

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Watched th game on TV today and wondered what Cahill Had done to keep himself on the pitch ahead of Manny. Vaughan was great AGAIN and needs to start at least at home as he leads the line superbly. Yak? I dunno. Disappointed but not surprised. Give him a chance?
Anj Stam
4   Posted 09/02/2008 at 19:32:59

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Dont know why DM persists in playing AJ up front on his own,we were out of sorts. Should def be starting with Vaugny up front as well. We all saw the impact he made in the 2nd half and against Blackburn, its not rocket-science Moyesy. We were poor today but congrats to Jags, a GREAT performance from him, and kudos to Reading,they played well. Noticed that the bar-codes(newcastle) got smashed today and the Dukes was left on the bench,again. It made me wonder if DM could chase him in summer? Imagine the Duke & the Yak pairing up again, for us! They worked well at Borough and the Duke still has a few years left in him. Like I said ?just a thought?.
Pete Gunby
5   Posted 09/02/2008 at 20:19:25

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Dire 1st half today. Yobo and Jags were top class. Lescott was our best attacking player and ,as per usual, Neville was desperate. When is he going to start passing to our players. AJ can’t score. Carsley was slow.Osman, Manny and Cahill faded in and out. Vaughn was lively and threatening. Howard was steady(apart from that dreadful clearance). Arteta was well..Arteta. In spite of all this we won. Poor game, good result, 3 points,haapy days. COYB
6   Posted 09/02/2008 at 20:50:46

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I don’t know, everyone that’s supposed to finish didn’t finish the way they supposed to.

a. TIm Cahill: Had at least 2 good chances and he blew it, big time. THe one when Osman laid a good one for him looked almost like he deliberately missed. THe chance laid by Vaughn should’ve been a definite finish.

b. Johnson: I don’t know what to say. He had a sitter and he blew it. The only good thing abt him is that he makes the center backs of the opposition worked real hard

c. Vaughn : He missed one chance on the count of not making contact. He did give a lot of trouble to the center backs though but he is not free from the guilt of missing sitters

d. Fernandez: Apart from Arteta, he was the other one who showed some threat in the first half. I dunno why he was substituted. DM shouldn’t have taken him out

e. Carsley: I’ve never seen Carsley played so bad. He was fantastic in the Blackburn game but he really sucked today.

f. Neville: He worked really well with Arteta. This time around, his constant passing to Arteta was read by the opposition many times. He nver adapted.

g. Osman : He had some shines but most of the time he showed that he hasn’t recovered fully from injury. But, at least he showed some progress

h. Arteta: He managed to overcome his markers, and that’s class/
Gavin Ramejkis
7   Posted 09/02/2008 at 21:27:53

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A dreadful first half, some terrible play, Vaughan showing why he should start, Jagielka man of the match by far and if he plays that well every week the best back four we have (yes Neville did give the ball away to Hunt with a silent C too many times), glad of the three points but just as Man U have earlier in the season played shite and come away with the three so I’ll take it but ask how can we play along the floor and shred Blackburn but the very next game revert to hoofball too often with little on the deck? Most teams have clicked on to the 4-5-1 we play we need to mix it up a little and 4-4-2 today opened the lock to give us the win, just happy it was 45 mins for Vaughan and not another token ten.
sean condon
8   Posted 09/02/2008 at 21:54:26

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Three points! Arguably more important than Sterling Hayden’s "precious bodily fluids".
Reading deserved a draw out of that. The headline on LL’s match report quite succinctly defined such a dire performance. But still, cliche or not, winning ugly sometimes is the mark of a quality side.
But fuck, McMoyes, one up front at home...against competent centre-backs......and a team we were supposed to murder? Thank fuck he brought JV on at half-time instead of having to be reminded by Andy Holden that the 75min mark had come.
SO happy for Jags. Saw the Blades play maybe ten times over the past few seasons-he was always their heart and soul and I think he’s cut from the same cloth as some past EFC stalwarts. Mike Lyons springs to mind. I was a tad worried at the beginning of this season when he had a couple of questionable displays in midfield, but boy-oh-boy he’s been a fucking rock back ther for the past coupla months.
Allright, the Brann game is on Canadian tv!
Keith Glazzard
9   Posted 09/02/2008 at 22:59:16

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The Jag’s three pointer?

Too simple I know, but that’ll do me. He looks like a very, very good acquisition doesn’t he. Who knows, he might soon feel just as at home with us as Arteta does (see the link). Class players thinking we are something special - that will do me too.

And the discussion (?) above between Paul and Helen. Paul, women can know a great deal about football. And she can’t be a shitehawk because she only refers to some mythical ’top 3’. Nothing to do with our dearly beloved neighbours then.
Mark Pendleton
10   Posted 09/02/2008 at 23:36:03

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Most of our best performances this season have been with the 5 man midfield so i don’t think Moyes was being negative. I think he saw that some of the players were obviously a bit jaded and it wasn’t working as well as it usually does and as a result opted to go to 4-4-2. Personally i’m looking forward to Pienaar’s return to fitness as he in particular helps the 4-5-1 system to flourish with his running, passing and overall intelligent play.

Anyway 3 points from playing poorly. Tis the sign of a good team.
Steve Pugh
11   Posted 10/02/2008 at 07:35:42

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Having been criticised for the way he plays when he starts Vaughny plays well coming on at half time and everyone says this is proof that he should start.

To my mind it is an indication that he is currently a good sub to be brought on at half time, maybe early in the’second half.
Michael Hunt
12   Posted 10/02/2008 at 13:34:17

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Steve, Vaughan is great from the start, when he is match fit and sharp. Look at the Yak at the start of the season, he needed games under his belt to really fire. Vaughan deserves game time. He was brilliant last season in the run in when given this!......

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