Instead of again coming out with admissions that we were poor, David Moyes should apologise to us for HIS failings.
I'll never be a Moyes basher and I still won't call for his head but when will he learn? His latest tactics & team selections are awful.
Heitinga in midfield? No wonder he doesn't want to know ? he's a centre-half! And with Jags losing his touch (we've shipped 7 in 3 games) will DM change it & try JH in that position? No chance.
He won't try anything new, leaves trying 2 up until we're desperate. Never tries different tactics, just different players doing the same thing over and over. He's like a rabbit in the headlights.
Arteta's form has been poor of late but he won't drop him. When he does give Bily a chance, it's not in his favoured inside position, it's out wide ? HE'S NOT A WINGER ? he's not fast enough, but has technical skill to burn & can see & play a through-ball quickly. DM uses him as a sub ? but he's not an impact player. Don't discard him until he's been played in his best position.
Come on, DM ? wake up!
Dave Roberts, Posted 29/11/2010 at 21:06:43
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1 Posted 30/11/2010 at 06:26:48
2 Posted 30/11/2010 at 09:13:41
3 Posted 30/11/2010 at 10:39:33
4 Posted 30/11/2010 at 13:12:56
Again nothing wrong with the tactics, as we are getting chances but the feckers in the middle aren't converting them.
5 Posted 30/11/2010 at 13:27:56
Coleman starting to play well on the right, gets dropped for a striker, coming back from injury, and plays him on the right.
JH, looking lost in midfield, continues to play, while Rodwell sits on the bench.
Arteta playing so deep, that even JH is playing more advanced than him. That must come from Moyes.
6 Posted 30/11/2010 at 15:06:13
7 Posted 30/11/2010 at 15:11:14
8 Posted 30/11/2010 at 17:50:13
1. He selects Hibbert at right back. Hibbert has not played for months. Coleman has been playing okay as a stop-gap right midfielder and DM himself has said his best position is RB. We are playing a team we are expected to beat at home, DM has the choice of a match-fit attacking RB or a defensive RB who has zero attacking capability who hasn't played for a month. Result? Genius Selection No 1.
2. Jagielka looked like making a mistake every time the ball went anywhere near him on Monday. Against Bolton, he did make a mistake that led to a goal ? he is out of form. Heitinga is hopeless in midfield ? he basically just runs around the centre circle. He doesn't support the attack or cover the back four. Arteta, supposedly our most creative midfielder, spends most of the match playing deeper than our holding midfielder. When JH played CB last season he was outstanding. He played CB in the World Cup Final. We also have one of the best up-and-coming central mids in the country sitting on the bench. A player we gave a hefty pay rise to this summer to fend of interest from the best two clubs in the country. Surely an easy solution for a manager ? drop the out-of-form Jagielka, play JH at CB (his best position) and bring in the future of our club, Jack Rodwell, in midfield. What does DM do? Pick the same old out-of-form shit.,
3. After 20 minutes of the game DM comes up with the ultimate in tactical genius and these tactics persist for about half the match. That is to remove our main threat ie ? Baines / Pienaar combination by switching Pienaar to the right and Anchebe to the left. Victor had looked ok up to this point, having a shot on goal well saved and making a couple of useful runs. Once switched to the left, he was anonymous and WBA must have been laughing their bollocks off. Great tactics, Davey.
4. DM finally decides to make a change and what does he do? Takes the Yak off and replaces im with the useless Saha. I don't know what the Yak has done to upset DM but it must be something pretty bad. He was just beginning to show some sort of form and is dropped. He is brought back in on Saturday and then subbed after 60 miutes during which he was given zero supply. A complete waste of a substitution that would come home to roost when Arteta was sent off.
Basically, Moyes was hopeless on Saturday, from the moment he announced the team to the moment he left the ground... so, given the money he is on, I would say without doubt that he does owe the supporters an apology for the astounding incompetence he showed.
Will we see any change on Saturday? No chance ? expect Neville for Hibbert and Fellaini for Arteta, the rest of the team will be exactly the same... as will the final outcome.
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