I'm just interested to know what peoples' thoughts are regarding the upcoming Fulham game? The win against West Ham was fantastic and a lot of the players seemed to be hitting form again and enjoying playing football.
What does Moyes do this weekend though? Play his full team to get the win and keep confidence at it's highest and keep the players on their toes? Or does he rest them all and wrap them up in cotton wool?
With our luck with injuries this season, I'd certainly rest Cahill, Pienaar, Lescott, Baines and Neville and play Saha and Vaughan from the start. I know we should be trying to win every game but May 30th is the important one.
Alan Clarke, Posted 18/05/2009 at 07:15:50
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1 Posted 17/05/2009 at 16:29:24
Nash; Jacobsen, Rodwell, Irving, Coleman; Wallace, Castillo, Gosling; Jo, Vaughan, Baxter.
Just watchin Barcelona now and they've only got Eto'o playin ahead of the Euro Final. Is this the way to go for us next week? Personally, I'd say so, I fancy Newcastle to get a point at Villa anyway.
2 Posted 18/05/2009 at 14:24:33
3 Posted 18/05/2009 at 15:02:11
4 Posted 18/05/2009 at 15:18:30
Nash; Hibbert, Yobo, Lescott, Baines; Osman, Rodwell, Castillo, Gosling; Vaughan, Saha.
The other interesting point is the subs for the final. Our 18 man squad currently picks itself, however Jo is cup tied, so that leaves a space on the bench for either Wallace or Baxter. I’d love to see them both used from the bench at Fulham in order to prove who should have that last spot, even if they will just be splinter arse at Wembley
5 Posted 18/05/2009 at 15:21:36
If we rest everyone and loose 5th place and then lose the Final, it would be like throwing money away and be a massive anti-climax to the season. We have more chance of beating Fulham than Chelsea so everything must be done to beat them.
6 Posted 18/05/2009 at 15:26:20
Why on earth would you want Lescott, Baines, Saha or even Yobo to play ?
If we lose any of these players we’re in deep trouble for the final.
Saha has proven he can put chances away if he is given them and is a nailed on starter for the cup final "if" he is fit. What’s the point of risking him, as we all know he is unfortunately made of glass.
Lescott ??? Imagine he got injured !! Doesn’t bear thinking about.
Moyes would be mental to play him.
7 Posted 18/05/2009 at 15:39:27
Gives those we can afford to a rest (Cahill, Fellaini, Howard, Peinaar, Jacobsen, Neville, Saha) & makes a decent XI anyway.
8 Posted 18/05/2009 at 15:58:46
Other than that, I’d probably go for something like Gareth’s - with the big boys on the bench.
As a matter of pride, and largely due to Villa-mania between Nov-Feb, I really want that fifth place.
9 Posted 18/05/2009 at 15:49:11
It’s always a difficult one to call and I’m glad I don’t have to call it. But it does show once again why we need a bigger squad so that these kind of decisions would not be so difficult to make. My own view is that Davey will start with a strong team against Fulham, see how it goes and use all the subs. The personnel will depend on how the game is going.
As somebody mentioned above, just imagine Lescott and Peanuts or even Pip picking up knocks that kept them out of the Final. Doesn’t bear thinking about!
I think I will be more nervous about that at the weekend than the result. Breaking our 42 year duck at the Cottage just before we go to Wembley would be great though wouldn’t it!?
Groan.......!!!!! Glad I’m not the Manager!
10 Posted 18/05/2009 at 16:08:03
I don?t think he will muck about with the defence at all, i suspect he will keep Howard in net too. I think Moyes is predictable in his selections mostly due to the fact the personnel changes in terms of quality are limited, in certain areas.
11 Posted 18/05/2009 at 16:43:19
12 Posted 18/05/2009 at 16:54:20
Yes, we have had rotten luck with injuries, but I think it?s important that we keep the momentum going for the final. If recent history tells us anything, it?s that we?re a momentum team, look at the run we had after the Fiorentina game last year.
Another point is that Fulham have the best disciplinary record in the Prem, they?re not a particularly dirty team. With both these in mind, I say play our strongest team, hope lightening doesn?t strike twice (or six times or whatever stupid amount it is now)...
13 Posted 18/05/2009 at 17:42:06
14 Posted 18/05/2009 at 18:01:17
15 Posted 18/05/2009 at 18:26:33
16 Posted 18/05/2009 at 18:32:51
Woooaaaah what am I saying? "You never win anything with kids..." Hansen, up yours.
I also think Phil Neville should have a t-shirt under his football shirt that reads, "Once a Red, always a Blue", to be uncovered when he scores the only 35-yard thunderbolt of his life. COYB
17 Posted 18/05/2009 at 19:54:45
I do like the T Shirt bit!
18 Posted 18/05/2009 at 19:37:39
Harry, thank heavens we?re playing Fulham, not, for instance, Shearer?s lot. I think Moyes will see it as a matter of pride ? and 3 points ? to put out a team to beat Fulham, but this doesn?t have to be his Wembley line-up.
Jo isn?t required for the 30th, so could be asked to put in a shift for the lads ? perhaps his chance for next season if he wants it? Castillo isn?t a bad starter for this fixture, for similar reasons.
I think Hibbo and Jacobsen are 60/40 for the final ? let's see who DM starts on Sunday.
The thing about Nash has to be that this is his last chance to get a bit of match practice, just in case he is required ? but I doubt that Moyes will take the option.
19 Posted 18/05/2009 at 20:07:00
No point starting Nash for me (unless Tim is carrying some kind of niggle). I would start at least two of my preferred defenders to ensure that things are not too unsettled and maybe change one at half time if we?re doing ok. I?d start Rodwell in centre mid and see how he does from the start as I tend to think he starts slowly and grows into the game, but I?ve seen his confidence growing recently.
As many have mentioned above, it?s a really tough choice. We will undoubtedly have to risk some of the starting 11 as we just don?t have the strength in depth and if you make to many changes the team will just be disjointed and will most likely get beat. No injuries is one thing but momentum is so important and a poor performance will do us no favours in our cup build-up.
These are the kind of problems that managers want though. It?s got to be preferable to sending out your second string in the Uefa Cup because you?re worried about getting relegated.
IMWT - COYB!!!
20 Posted 18/05/2009 at 21:39:30
21 Posted 19/05/2009 at 04:24:01
Fulham playing out of their skins and at home would give our best team a good match. If a young team could go there and get a point it would be a solid result. Only way for 3 points is to play all the boys and try and get 2-nil and then off with them and 11 behind the ball, win ugly but win who gives a fuck.
22 Posted 19/05/2009 at 08:26:03
23 Posted 19/05/2009 at 08:34:11
24 Posted 19/05/2009 at 09:32:48
25 Posted 19/05/2009 at 14:26:10
Van Der Meyde
26 Posted 19/05/2009 at 15:06:26
27 Posted 19/05/2009 at 18:29:48
With kids filling up the bench should be strong enough to see off Fulham.
28 Posted 19/05/2009 at 08:34:11