But throughout, I always had this nagging doubt. I kept thinking about our unbeaten run at the end of last season and how we won games that we probably shouldn?t have (Portsmouth last game, Blackburn away, Fulham with a late penalty) and games we drew that we really should be winning with the team we had (Stoke, West Ham, Wolves) and I just had this feeling that, yes, we had a good unbeaten run in the Premier League... but, as mentioned above, probably not quite as good as it looked on paper.
On top of that, I had concerns re King Louie and his return at the end of last season, plus his injuries and the fact that we really don?t have a 20 a goal player. But it is strange how with optimism you get drawn in and start to think that "Yes, this could be the season..." And then you have yesterday. Was I the only one that was not shocked? I just had such a feeling of ?oh well?, as if that is it for another season. I hope I am wrong and I would love us to come back and carry on where we left off last season, but I will still have that nagging doubt ? are we really as good as everyone seems to think we are?
And the worse thing is, I don?t know what is missing? I think Coleman should play, but understand we need Neville somewhere and this is probably the best place to accommodate him. I would play Jags and Johnny H, but have concerns about Distin and especially Yobo as cover.
The midfield is fine, but I just wish they would penetrate a bit more ? we play some lovely football, but go nowhere with it. (I?d fit Gueye in some where though; I think he could get us goals.) As I have said, we don?t have a player who is going to get the goals for us. And for me I think that is where we lack ? the final third.
Please somebody give me the answer or was yesterday just a blip and the season starts against Wolves next week? Come on, guys, I need a large dose of optimism.......
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1 Posted 15/08/2010 at 16:57:49
My main criticism is at half-time he should've swapped Osman for Rodwell as he was plainly not getting into the game.
Then we needed a goal and he brought off a striker, I would have liked to see Saha left on and Beckford on for Neville and then going 3 at the back.
2 Posted 15/08/2010 at 16:55:36
My worry is that Moyes has a bigger and better squad than he's ever had and I wonder if he is capable of managing this. In the past, his hand has been forced... but, with options at his disposal, I'm worried that he may not be able to handle the situation, if you get my drift.
3 Posted 15/08/2010 at 17:07:29
On a possitive note, I still think this is going to be a special season for us, I just wish when there is expectation we can deliver, instead of triumph through adversity.
4 Posted 15/08/2010 at 17:52:51
5 Posted 15/08/2010 at 17:59:43
I suspect it really is as straight forward as that, unless he can get to grips with this even his loyalist followers will be for turning.
As many have said we have decent enough squad now.
we wont beat everyone, we wont get near the top 4 but we should be competing better than at Blackburn.
I hope DM can see this because another 2 or 3 performances like this, given the raised expectations, and I fear the fans will lose their patience.
6 Posted 15/08/2010 at 18:37:49
It gives me no pleasure at all to say this - but those people who thought we could win the league were talking out of their arses...
The best we can hope for this season is that our creative and attractive game develops...Moyes need to start learning from his mistakes for that to happen.
Too many times our best football has been forced upon Moyes by injuries and suspensions...it's about time he actually did it himself.
7 Posted 15/08/2010 at 19:46:11
Good question. What is it that we are missing? Goal scorer, more width, more pace, right sided player?
However, when reading your post why do we need to accomdate Neville? At RB or DM, why? Personally, I think the guy is shite, if people want him there to captain the team let him stand next to Moyes and shout all the bollox he wants.
I should imagine that when Blackburn saw our line-up, especially the right side of Osman and Neville, they must've been pissing themselves ? I bet they even thought of dropping their LB and sticking on another forward.
8 Posted 15/08/2010 at 21:11:51
Could the Moyes-haters at least wait half a dozen games before sharpening the knives?
We're gonna be fine.
9 Posted 15/08/2010 at 21:33:42
Is this the new buzzword for the objectively challenged.
10 Posted 15/08/2010 at 21:47:11
Big believer in Hank Hill's motto ? "if it ain't broke... constant maintenance will ensure it stays that way"
11 Posted 15/08/2010 at 22:35:34
Definition of "Moyes-hater:"
The antidote to "Apologist."
Toffeeweb's own Ying & Yang.
Eugene's comeback was better..
12 Posted 15/08/2010 at 23:43:55
One point you mentioned that got me thinking was: "are we really as good as everyone thinks we are?" That's an interesting point,because I believe our players ought to be confident in their abilities; how they would handle that perception is the key point. If they think of themselves collectively as a top team,then they need to project that on the park.
The way Blackburn sat back yesterday suggested that they would play the same way, under the same conditions, at home, against any of the big teams.
And that gidence. Good article.
13 Posted 16/08/2010 at 00:15:07
Hilarious. Andy. Your wife explains a lot.
14 Posted 16/08/2010 at 00:54:43
15 Posted 16/08/2010 at 08:59:13
He had the vision and nuts to do it. He knows when players are not quite able to get his team to the next level and quickly finds their replacement.
And he's been doing the same for the last 20 years. Name 3 players in our 1st 11 who would fit into this stage of their careers. I don't want to do it, as I respect them all. But then I'm not paid megabucks to live and breathe these agonising decisions.
16 Posted 16/08/2010 at 09:29:09
17 Posted 16/08/2010 at 09:26:43
18 Posted 16/08/2010 at 09:48:42
(I tell her to look up realist)
19 Posted 16/08/2010 at 10:45:21
Which is Russian for "Oscar the Grouch."
(I tell her to look up "get the kettle on!")
20 Posted 16/08/2010 at 11:10:15
Maybe we could do a similar thing with 'miserable curmudgeonly fucker'.
(but..we won't because we're a bunch Ockap grognon fuckers)
21 Posted 16/08/2010 at 12:27:29
22 Posted 16/08/2010 at 13:21:36
I blame Thatcher and Cameron
23 Posted 16/08/2010 at 17:56:13
You say "we really don?t have a 20-goal player." We do... but he wasn't even on the bench.
24 Posted 16/08/2010 at 20:36:22
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