"Tim, not much to do really, are you sure you couldn´t keep that one out?"
"Tony, great improvement son, some really wicked tackles, Christ I thought you had killed one of `em lad... and those crosses are getting better. We will make a footballer of you yet."
"Phil, good game lad, bit too much hoofball though. Huh?....yes, I know Arsenal played hoofball last night. But they were playing Barcelona, not bleeding Birmingham!"
"Sylvain, that new contract is on the table tomorrow son!"
"Leighton, Great game again, sold some good dummies to that right back. One of em was so good four blokes in the crowd fell over! But don't you start firing free kicks into the wall, last thing we need."
"Seamus, your feet go faster than your brain son, just calm down a bit... much better today though"
"Jack, great first half, disappeared a bit in the second, we got a few forward passes today though."
"Johnny, hey... what a cracker, son! Great to see that go in. Thought you had a great game. Done everything easy, took no chances. Don`t really know why I pulled you off. Sorry bout that."
"Leon, have you been having us on or what? You can actually play football, son. Of course I have been trying to tell everyone that for years. Knew you would come good one day. Even shooting on target!"
Louis, why, when you go past someone, do you have to turn round and do it again? Christ, If we want to see it again we can see it on the telly, you lazy fren... oops!, sorry, not allowed to say that! At the moment you are just bloody frustrating. Just go home and write a hundred times ? I AM A STRIKER, NOT A MIDFIELDER."
"Becks ? Just promise me one thing, when you get the ball, just do the first thing that comes into your head, son. Do NOT, think about things, it always goes wrong. Couple of good efforts though."
"Victor, Bily... didn't expect too much. Unfortunately thats what I got."
"Shit there I go again."
Seamus: "Err... that's a pound in the swear jar, gafffer!
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1 Posted 10/03/2011 at 00:59:22
Having said that, it's no wonder we are struggling as, after Arteta went off, our midfield consisted of a right back and two centre halves, with Ossie as a left winger!
The lack of depth is hurting us and the lack of investment is to blame ? we are seeing the produce of three years with no investment.
2 Posted 10/03/2011 at 00:41:02
Glad you didn't do one after the Bolton game!
3 Posted 10/03/2011 at 01:19:44
Thomas, I have to agree, the squad is so threadbare that there just isn't anyone to replace three midfielders and Neville... look what we had on the bench... scary...
Sadly it's been an accident waiting to happen, we have dodged the bullet a few times but it does come back to the fact that there aren't replacements for one never mind four...
Tonight was the first time I have seen Coleman cross a ball in weeks, the first time I have seen Victor get a shot on target (albeit a rebound) and the first time I have seen that Johnny boy has real class.
It's been the first week that I have thought that Osman looked ok too. But that's probably because there was no one to compare him with.
It's going to be a difficult end to the season if it continues. And an even worse pre-season discussion between Moyes and BK.. somewhere along the lines of...
So much for "We'll be ok with the squad we have," says Moyes...
"They'll be like new signings when they all come back," says Kenwright...
Cluck, Cluck... chickens coming home to roost...
4 Posted 10/03/2011 at 07:43:49
Those lads on the bench should have had, by now, some exposure to first team action. At kick-off, we all knew which 3 subs would be used. I've made the point many times that Moyes has created the scenario where we now have almost no options by not giving these lads a sniff of first team action. Their lad Mutch last night ? who'd heard of him? Yet he did ok. Ours might do too if given the chance. But will it happen?
5 Posted 10/03/2011 at 08:50:38
John #4, DM will never play a youngster unless he literally has no other choice through injuries and suspensions, the squad size now means it might happen but it won't be through his tactical wisdom.
6 Posted 10/03/2011 at 09:14:19
Great article Tony!
7 Posted 10/03/2011 at 10:08:43
8 Posted 10/03/2011 at 10:10:28
9 Posted 10/03/2011 at 10:23:54
10 Posted 10/03/2011 at 14:04:28
I have been saying all week it would be 0-0 or 1-1... it nearly always is.
I noticed Foster has been taking time-wasting tips from Maik Taylor.
11 Posted 10/03/2011 at 23:15:43
And if anybody could have kept that one out, Tim would have.
12 Posted 11/03/2011 at 04:07:53
13 Posted 11/03/2011 at 05:23:49
I was also waiting for a front-of-goal view for their goal to see how far it was from the flapping Howard. But Does DM see everything that happens. I think not!
14 Posted 12/03/2011 at 17:10:51
Tony that was hilarious, keep it coming, it brings a big grin from a very disappointing night!
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