Can anyone explain what happened between the end of 2009-10 season when we were the form team, were playing great football and just missed out on Europe... to the beginning of the 2010-11 season when expectations were high, there were no pre-season upheavals (appreciate we didn't manage to get a decent signing on board) and we simply should have carried on where we left off?
How could the pendulum swing dramatically from one side to the other with no apparant reason (unlike the season before that with the Lescott saga). If someone can answer that we might be able to make some sense of this shambolic season so far. (There's still time to win 3 on the bounce and get into Europe...)
Adrian Greensides, Posted 15/02/2011 at 13:24:37
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1 Posted 15/02/2011 at 15:06:35
2 Posted 15/02/2011 at 15:28:47
3 Posted 15/02/2011 at 15:25:55
All the optimism between supporters and players alike was heavily dependant on momentum and once it was lost, so too was confidence.
Individual mistakes by players and the manager alike were enough to send us to the wrong side of the fine line.
4 Posted 15/02/2011 at 15:34:04
5 Posted 15/02/2011 at 15:40:38
There was far too much expectation for this season.
6 Posted 15/02/2011 at 15:38:59
We were good january - April because we had balance and a threat down both flanks, something we never had before and havent since (despite Colemans best efforts). Think of the desperately negative performances against Wolves and Stike, failing to beat West Ham at home - the slide had started.
We should have ensured either Donavan or a suitable quick RM was brought in in the summer but we didnt and we have suffered since.
Also another pointless pre-season trip to far away places whilst our percieved rivals were playing prestigious friendlies against top European oppo. And of course we cant forget the shit negative tactics and poor performance levels from the players...
7 Posted 15/02/2011 at 16:06:35
If a few of the draws were turned into wins it might have been a very different season, but we will never know.
8 Posted 15/02/2011 at 16:49:30
But certainly we haven't done as well as most expected this season. I don't think it's possible to know for sure without knowing what's going on behind the scenes, but here are a few things that strike me:
- Injuries to Saha and Yak simultaneously at the start of the season, meaning Beckford was thrown in the deep end.
- Some poor decisions by Moyes - eg he persisted in playing Osman at right mid, when it was obvious to most that he's terrible in that role. Also Arteta has been instructed to play too deep, and our buildup is too slow.
- Complacency and possibly lingering injury issues on Arteta's part, plus disillusion at not making the World Cup - he has looked disinterested most of the season, when at his best he is our engine.
- Possibly morale issues as it became clear Pienaar was leaving and no new signings coming in.
- Cahill being missing at the Asian Cup for six weeks.
- And just straight bad luck - we actually played decently in some games earlier in the season but just couldn't get results despite dominating play. Partly that's a striking issue, but we were also a bit unlucky at times.
9 Posted 15/02/2011 at 17:42:46
10 Posted 15/02/2011 at 19:52:08
We might have gone as far as we can with players who only had to be known for being part of a team that "Punches above its weight". No pressure there, right? Other teams respect you and know they have to throw their own "Best punch" because they're playing Everton.
Add to that our well-documented lack of funds and it all adds up to us being where we are.
I came on board with Landon's signing and after just 3 games was shocked that so good a team was only mid-table. Believing we were good enough (and the results I saw was my reason), I noticed that as Top 6 was right there, we suddenly started losing or drawing games. Which leads me back to missing THAT GUY.
On the other hand, Moyes has accrued a stack of talent, so maybe this season is the One Step Back and next season is the Two Steps Forward.
11 Posted 15/02/2011 at 21:07:37
We are somehow now known as slow starters and have been for past 4-5 seasons.
Piss poor planning = piss poor performance.
=taking the piss out of the fans.
No wonder our season ticket prices are so low - we only get half a seaon at best.
No excuses. Criminal.
12 Posted 15/02/2011 at 22:12:42
2nd of all ? deciding to have a pink away kit.
3rd of all ? the Gosling fiasco.
4th ? not selling Arteta.
5th ? not selling Jags or Heitenga.
6th ? not selling Yakubu.
7th ? signing a top quality keeper who is used as a reserve keeper.
8th... basically not moving forward.
13 Posted 15/02/2011 at 22:07:59
The gamble to use whatever little money we had on new contracts instead of new player(s) was doomed after these 5 games and the players new it
14 Posted 15/02/2011 at 23:43:11
Moyes made wholesale changes after the first game. That, in my opinion, fucked our season up big time.
15 Posted 16/02/2011 at 02:46:30
The pre-season in Australia was good for the club but it should have been mixed with one or two matches against good European clubs.
Pienaar issue hung around all season. He should have been sold in the summer. Individual players making mistakes. Moyes is losing the plot with selections.
Make no mistake our failure is a rich tapestry of crap.
16 Posted 16/02/2011 at 05:43:18
How fuckin' obvious was it to pick Seamus on the right? How obvious was it that Hibbert and Osman can't play on the same flank? Why was Yakubu dicked around when he was a realistic option? Some of his decisions were incredible. Mind you, they still are ? it's just that as players leave or get injured he has to make fewer of them.
We've shown regularly this season that we can still perform to the level mentioned in the opening post. Yet we've spent the season moaning about bad luck and missed opportunities.
Buck stops with Moyes on this one. Kenwright doesn't get off without blame for his part in where we are but the team and the opportunity was there and Moyes bottled it.
17 Posted 16/02/2011 at 08:55:33
Simple as that.
We're going backwards for a reason and when QPR get promoted there will be ANOTHER team in the division that will invest far more in their team than us.
Not looking good as far as I can see...
18 Posted 16/02/2011 at 09:36:50
Next pre season we should ask Barca, Inter and Real if they would please smack our bums in preparation for the maelstrom that is the EPL (if we stay up).
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