Rooney's first season; away at Blackburn; winning 1-0 (Kev Campbell). We are under the cosh bigtime, clinging on to the 1-0 for dear life so Moyes decides to make a substitution. Forward off / defensive mid on? Throw an extra full back into the mix? No way. He throws Rooney on to run at them and they shit themselves. It completely changes the balance of the match; we hold on to the 1-0 with ease and should have had three by full time.
It was enthralling stuff and it seemed to sum up the ethos of our relatively new manager - positive, positive, positive. Such a change from Smith. All of a sudden we could win four or five on the spin, we could score "goals of the month" and we could win penalty shoot outs. I remember leaving Ewood that day to the sound of fireworks and chants of, "We're gonna win the league". It was uplifting stuff!
Now, I like Moyes, I'm not gonna deny that; I don't want to slag him off because I dread to think were we'd be without him. However, fast forward five years, and even I have to question where that dynamic tactical approach during matches has gone.
He's still Mr Positive in my eyes, in terms of his talk and his ambition for the future of the club and his undoubted passion for making us great again. If he's here in another six years, I expect us to be streets ahead of where we are now. I don't doubt the man in terms of his overall ability as a manager.
But I do have a nagging suspicion that if he had reacted during matches this season in the same inspiring way he did at Ewood all those years ago, the ambitions he has for the future of this club could have been achieved here and now, in the present.
Jon Sellick, Posted 05/05/2008 at 11:48:21
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1 Posted 05/05/2008 at 16:41:15
I’m sure if we had a Wayne Rooney to throw on then such inspired substitutions would still be in evidence.
Unfortunately when you look at the options we have had on the bench in recent weeks there has been a lack of players whom you would fancy to turn a game in our favour.
It’s vital that the board find the money to strengthen all areas of the squad this summer.
2 Posted 05/05/2008 at 17:05:23
3 Posted 05/05/2008 at 17:49:34
4 Posted 05/05/2008 at 18:28:35
When Moyes started out his first full season at home to Spurs he started with 4-3-3 with Rooney and the Rat out wide of Campbell. If Moyes went 4-3-3 at the start of next season and we lost 3 games in a row then people would slate him too. Realism, higher expectations, more to lose. These are the reasons why our manager is professional and thorough, not reckless and cavalier.
5 Posted 05/05/2008 at 18:42:32
6 Posted 05/05/2008 at 20:14:59
7 Posted 05/05/2008 at 20:46:35
8 Posted 06/05/2008 at 02:28:14
Unfortunately we don’t have another Rooney on the bench, or on the field.
9 Posted 06/05/2008 at 10:17:34