"Tim, good game, punching and handling was very tidy. You had no chance with that shot either."
"Tony, solid game son. Don't think you made a bad pass all game. Not much to address on them crosses, but I am sure that one day, someone is going to get on the other end of them."
"Phil, looked strong again, although not too many of them long passes found a blue shirt. Loved the way you signed that contract though!"
"Distin, you and Phil looking good together now. Want your name on that contract by the end of the week."
"Leighton, some good work and lots of crosses that came to nothing. Pity really, Tommy Cooper had come to watch you."
"Seamus, what a header son, great goal that!. Had a lot of the ball and put the fear of god up that left back. Finishing pass can be better though."
"Phil, you lead well from middle of the park, but that's about it. Your touch on the ball is well... wanting, to say the least. But you are our captain, so I have to put you somewhere."
"Jack, you looked really strong on the ball at times. Would like to see more of that, but you are still not looking dangerous! I want more telling passes, more shots on target. We will never be able to get £25 mill for you if you don't score goals now and then."
"Ossie, bleeding hell, you are going from strength to strength lad. Christ, I even had a flashback of Duncan McKenzie keeping the ball for half a minute there son! Great work for the first goal as well. Where are you getting all this confidence from. Great, keep it up."
"Louis, good strike for the goal. It went between two players legs. Did you mean that? I suppose that's you finished for the season though, looked nasty that.
"Tim, well to be quite honest you looked a bit stiff today. I thought you were doing Crouchy`s robot dance for most of the game. What the hell happened to you at the Asia Cup? Hope we get to see the old you again soon. I mean it's down to you or Victor now... know what I mean?"
Well done Johnny and Becks.... Bily, I am just wondering why I didn't put Ossie on the left and let you have a go in the middle. I am sure Leighton would have preferred that. Oh well, next time"
Not exactly "School of Science" stuff lads. To be honest, it's only the points I am happy with, although I could never see us losing. Think we were a bit jet-lagged after that New York trip. We have two weeks before we play Villa, where would you like a holiday then lads... Thailand's quite nice I've heard... beer's a bit strong though!"
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1 Posted 20/03/2011 at 14:52:48
2 Posted 20/03/2011 at 15:50:50
Good stuff, Tony.
3 Posted 20/03/2011 at 17:06:51
4 Posted 20/03/2011 at 22:48:33
5 Posted 20/03/2011 at 23:40:23
Cheers, Tony, keep these posts coming.
6 Posted 21/03/2011 at 01:14:14
7 Posted 21/03/2011 at 03:30:25
8 Posted 21/03/2011 at 04:16:47
Also, to play him on the left-hand side expecting he will work his ass of just as Pienaar is naive, he isn't that kind of player, he has many other more important qualities like scoring goals for example, which Pienaar never did.
I think we need Gueye in the Pienaar role, he is a lefty, Osman isn't and that is a BIG problem going forward. He has to stop and turn to pass the ball with his right and that is destroying our fast flow play that we have been so good at in the past. Clearly Arteta is the best alternative on the left but, since he is injured, Moyes has got to start addressing this problem.
I don't know how many times I screamed "pass it" at Osman when he went forward and, then before reaching the 18-yard box, he continues to stop, turn and pass with his right. It irritates me and, if we had played a better side, then we would be in big trouble, just as we have been since Pienaar left.
Many people in here don't talk about the football problems that we are in, just the economical part of it. The fact is any half-brained person would have done a better job with this squad than our current coach, and I have to say that I think he is tactically challenged and has no fantasy when it comes to picking the right bunch of players for a game!
For example, why does he not use Bily in attacking midfield, and why isn't Gueye given any playing time with this injury situation? I have been waiting to see if he would give Gueye and Vellios a chance since new year but not once has any up-and-coming newbie been played in the Premier League this season (Baxter doesn't count).
9 Posted 21/03/2011 at 05:49:36
It's not that we don't talk football, but daring to critique the Moyesiah is a dangerous path to tread. His defenders will have none of it. You have been warned!
Do me a favour, break up your monolithic paragraphs a bit. If you press the Enter-key a couple of times, this will start a new paragraph. Thanks!
10 Posted 21/03/2011 at 09:29:57
11 Posted 21/03/2011 at 11:25:13
I agree Bily should be given a chance in the middle as a winger he is not, but I don't buy in to giving Gueye and Vellios any time as I think they will be just a few of the long list of young players never to make the grade and will be let go in the not too distant future.
Oh and why doesn't Baxter count even though he came on against Bolton albeit only for the closing minutes?
12 Posted 21/03/2011 at 14:36:51
I said I was off Osman's back, but everyone licking his arse on here is making me really mad. He's had a few alright games, by his standard amazing. THIS IS THE PROBLEM!!! He can't shoot, can't head, and doesn't pass with his left foot, bar the occasional cross (like Saturday). So what. I can't kick with my left foot but occasionally have scored off it. I still wouldn't call myself capable with both feet.
Chris, if you think that Gueye and Vellios will be a couple of players that won't make the grade and will be let go, then I hope to Christ that you're not a Moyes supporter as these two players were brought in by Moyes, and for them to leave without playing a minute of EPL means he has failed again.
I for one think Moyes is an absolute spastic for not including Gueye a lot earlier as the few times he has been on the field he's looked aggressive and quite adept.
13 Posted 21/03/2011 at 15:03:58
If you want to talk footie, then I'd argue that the main reason Baines gets all that space down the left flank is because he has a good midfielder infront of him ? and the more right-footed, the more they come infield, giving Baines more room to gallop into. This has been our most potent attacking threat for a long time, so your ideas would most likely constrain Bainsey to a more static left back role. Well done!
14 Posted 21/03/2011 at 15:40:12
As for Gueye and Vellios, I agree: if brought in, they should at least be given a chance but this happens at most clubs which is a shame as we as fans cling on to the vague hope that one of these youngster will be the next big thing, few rarely are.
Also, Gueye has played in the FA Cup and League Cup if I am not mistaken with no notable performance. After all you can only blood youth if the youth is good enough, If they are not the scouts and manager are to blame for bringing them to the club in the first place.
Final note, Roman: if Baxter has been in and around the first team for a couple of years, isn't that a youngster being blooded into first team action? To skip over this to make your point is lazy don't you think.
15 Posted 22/03/2011 at 02:13:36
I hope Osman can continue this form but, at the same time, feel that he is only getting these plaudits because he has been so sub-par for so long that now, when he does a few good things, it makes it seem a lot better than it is. As I said earlier, his shots and headers have no meat in them, his running with the ball looks like some weird tap/stomp dance, and he continually thinks he has the same ability around the 18-yard box as, say, Paul Scholes.
I know Gueye has only played a couple of cup games, but he looked quite good in them, a lot better than most of our players have looked all season. I'm originally from Australia, so saw his games against Brisbane and Melbourne in July. I know the A-League is tripe, but he ran the show Down Under, and was by far our best player on that tour.
While on the Gueye line of thought. Anticipating him is a bit like anticipating how good our season was supposed to be. We had a right to have high expectations because the man who is (over)paid to know best told us he was our secret weapon. Yet another cross for David Moyes's CV.
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