I was struck yesterday by a quote from Dave Whelan, Chairman of Wigan.
"With Paul Jewell, I always felt that the size of the challenge against the Big Four got to him a bit and he sent the lads out to keep the scoreline down. He gave the big guns too much respect whereas, because Steve played at their level, he feels their equal. He respects them as clubs but sees them as potential scalps when he faces them."
Perhaps Our Davey has an inferiority complex, too, because his playing career was so modest. If so, he should take a few lessons fron Wenger and Mourinho ? they couldn`t play at all!
Colin Trew, Posted 10/05/2008 at 09:03:26
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1 Posted 10/05/2008 at 15:02:53
Moyes has beaten the top four before. We took four points off both Liverpool and Arsenal last season as well as a point of Chelsea. This season we?ve made crucial mistakes at crucial times. Indvidual errors by indiviual players.
On the whole our performances have been decent and we have certainly held our own but the mistakes need to be cut out. That's my opinion anyway.
2 Posted 10/05/2008 at 15:45:35
The fact Moyes is one of the few who truly believes we can break into the top 4 proves he doesn?t have an inferiority complex.
3 Posted 10/05/2008 at 15:55:43
4 Posted 10/05/2008 at 16:19:03
5 Posted 10/05/2008 at 16:18:27
IMO we capitulated in our last 3 games against Sky 4 during our run-in slump, prior to that both MU games,Arsenal at home, Chelsea away and Liverpool at GP we played decent stuff and got beaten by individual mistakes, rather than being out played. I can't account to Moyes for them.
Chelsea (CC away first leg), at home (EPL) and Arsenal away are the games where we should and could have approached the game diffently.
6 Posted 10/05/2008 at 16:32:25
We have rarely had our positive attacking players fit against the top four this season and we have rarely been at full strength. Cahill, Osman, Arteta and Pienaar have all been out during periods of the season and especially when we competete against the "top four".
Moyes showed last season that if he has his attacking players ready he?ll play them. Fernandes, Arteta and Osman all started in our win against Arsenal as did Cahill, Osman and Arteta in our 3-0 win against Liverpool last season.
7 Posted 10/05/2008 at 17:23:28
I don't think any of the managers of the ??big four?? had outstanding playing careers either or for that matter did Mourinho - so I think that has nothing to do with a perceived inferiority complex.
8 Posted 10/05/2008 at 22:20:44
9 Posted 11/05/2008 at 06:37:10
The only time I can really recall Moyes making what I consider to be a really horrendous error, an absolutely jaw dropping one, was the Spurs substitution, taking Manny off and bringing on Hibbo. But the reaction to that seemed to goad him into playing a more adventurous style for the rest of the season which got us into 6th place and Uefa Cup qualification.
Unfortunately, Alex Young and Bally don?t play for the blues any more so the School of Science days, which we all long for, are a long way off yet. If we can get a larger squad with a few more SKILFUL midfielders, then I think DM can bring us to at least some semblance of the golden years.
10 Posted 11/05/2008 at 08:59:22
11 Posted 11/05/2008 at 11:42:56