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South Coast Surrender

By Tony Marsh :  22/03/2009 :  Comments (0) :
Whatever you think of the season thus far, there is no doubt now that we are on one of those all too familiar end-of-season slumps. Our recent away performances have been shocking and you can now add Portsmouth to the list of no-marks who the Blues have struggled against the past few weeks.

I know we have an injury crisis but a team who are sitting 6th in the Premier League and packed full of internationals should be a lot more accomplished against a side of relegation fodder like Pompey. The all-round showing was woeful but some players stood head and shoulders above the rest in the being crap department: Osman again, Saha and Howard were all terrible but no-one else covered themselves in glory either.

The ease in which Portsmouth beat us is a major concern for Moyes's tactics and nous, once he losses some of his best players. I thought towards the end of last year we had turned a corner and the long-ball game had gone... but no — it's back with a vengeance. An absolutely pathetic way in which to play against a side as big as Pompey.

Pumping aimless long balls to tiny players being marked by 6-ft plus defenders made me cringe. Not once did we play a through ball to feet for someone to run on to. In fact we never do this —WHY? In the end, we were out-fought and out-classed and that hurts me to have to say so because of who the opposition were.

To say I was embarrassed watching that shit yesterday is an understatement. Not one effort on target apart from the free kick, from which we scored. David James could've read his paper if he wanted to it was that easy for him. So that now makes it no efforts on target from open play from our last 3 away games. WTF IS GOING ON????

Every one of us sat in that poxy ground yesterday knew we wouldn't score from open play the way we were set up yet Moyes chose to sit it out and let untouchable crabs like Leon Osman swan around doing fuck all but make a twat of himself. How come Osman never gets pulled off or dropped even though he has been stinking the place out for over a year now? Oh, sorry, I forgot, he scored a goal against mighty Macclesfield the other month...

Now I know I get called negative and many other things by a lot of you on here but it kills me to see us play like we did yesterday. Please tell me you are not happy with that type of display. It made me feel ill to be honest and I couldn't wait for the drive back home.

The trouble is a certain section of our fanbase who come out with all the pat excuses for this kind of performance haven't got a clue what they are talking about and here's why.

There are many of our lot who, until yesterday, still had ideas of us finishing in 4th place and grabbing a CL berth. Each to their own I suppose. Also, these fans are the same people who keep telling us what a genius Moyes is and for us to get to an FA Cup semi-final only goes to show what a cracking side we have become. "How lucky we are to have Moyes," they say.

So how come, after every horrible performances like the one yesterday and the one at Blackburn the other week, they turn the tables and say... "What do you expect with all the injuries we've got, no money to buy decent players, the squad is so small, Moyes is working wonders with what he has..." blah, blah fucking blah.

So tell me what is it to be because, one minute we are going to the Champions League and winning the FA Cup, and the next thing it's loads of excuses for crap football.

While I acknowledge the injury situation, I don't understand the mentality of those who won't accept what hits them in the face. We fall apart at the same time every season as the football gets harder to stomach.

I ask you: are we any good or are we shite? Is Moyes a good coach or do the better players in the squad carry him? Will this season finish off like the last one or will we rally and get better?

Lots to ponder but I just pray Moyes doesn't think the likes of Osman will stand up to the Mancs at Wembley and we can get a result playing hoofball — because it will not work, trust me.

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