Everton 0 - 1 Leicester City
Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok
Roberto Martinez again gave playing time to as many players as possible with only Tony Hibbert and Joel Robles playing the full 90 minutes.
The two clubs meet again in less three weeks' time to kick off their Premier League campaign, which makes this meeting good preparation for Roberto Martinez's men.
Few of Everton's World Cup stars have travelled to the Far East — Baines, Jagielka, Howard and Mirallas are all still on leave, but Ross Barkley and John Stones are in the party. Seamus Coleman remains at home nursing a tender hamstring while Arouna Koné and Bryan Oviedo are both out as they continue their protracted recoveries from serious injuries.
Pending new signing, Muhamed Besic, also made the trip as he continues his familiarisation with his new teammates and was part of a signing session staged for local supporters on Friday.
Everton: Robles; Hibbert, Distin, Duffy, Garbutt; McCarthy, Barry; McGeady, Osman, Pienaar; Naismith.
Subs: Stones, Alcaraz, Gibson, McAleny, Long, Browning, Kennedy, Hope, Lundstram, Stanek.
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2 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:25:02
3 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:42:11
4 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:19:06
Tyias started as a centre half but got into England Under-21s at RB where he looked exceptionally good............ in the mould of John Stones when he first came to us so either could deputise at RB.
5 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:36:05
6 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:49:47
Common denominator in that age group? All born and bred Evertonians apparently, which must count.
8 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:47:03
9 Posted 26/07/2014 at 20:02:27
Barry is already in the bag Â– as is Henin and Bosic. Add Gibson and Kone and all these young kids and we already have a ’new’ squad.
Don’t get bloody greedy!!!
10 Posted 26/07/2014 at 20:26:46
11 Posted 26/07/2014 at 21:04:41
12 Posted 26/07/2014 at 21:58:31
13 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:10:01
14 Posted 26/07/2014 at 21:36:30
On the football front, I know very little about tactics. 442 and all that business. I’m not really interested in technical skills because a high level of skill is now quite commonplace. My enjoyment comes from unlikely places. Watching Barry closing down, appreciating the intelligence of Oscar and watching how he so cleverly pinches the ball. I even enjoy how Suarez goes through the eye of a needle.
We are now linked with Itsu. Now there’s a boy to watch. OK, he can run, dribble, centre and shoot. So can many others. What I like about this little skinny fella is his attitude. Getting the ball off him is a bit like taking a bone off a pitbull terrier. In one particular game I was completely mesmerized by the way he retained the ball after he appeared to have lost it. It was amazing. It must have happened half a dozen times. The defender thought he had won the ball but at the very last second a quick little foot would come out and Itsu would have the ball again. A bit like a magic trick.
So don’t be kidded,. My football knowledge is very limited but, hopefully, my posts contain snippets of interest.
The greatest joy, of course, comes from watching Roberto Martinez transform our wonderful club.
15 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:57:34
Perhaps he has not signed any extension to his original contract with Brugge and now wants to try ’the road not taken’?
16 Posted 26/07/2014 at 23:51:20
17 Posted 26/07/2014 at 23:45:50
DonÂt know why Brugge are trying to offload him and have no idea how his value soared. I think heÂd go for a lot less. Being Belgium and playing on the wing, theyÂll try to tout him as another Hazard but he ainÂt. Not yet anyway.
Left footed, quick and tricky, heÂs a decent player but have I seen anything about him that set him apart? Without a doubt, yes. Apart from being an intelligent footballer, he has the ability to hold his head high and look all around whilst in possession and moving fast or slow. Try it sometime. ItÂs not easy. Most of our lads look at the ground.
DonÂt know where this is going but I like a good rumour and this one came from the EFC site.
18 Posted 27/07/2014 at 00:34:02
He should stick to being a centre-half. He did absolutely nothing for England U21s or against Tranmere as a RB. Move forward, pass backwards, occasionally cross to nobody. Nowhere near the level of Garbutt let alone Coleman.
19 Posted 27/07/2014 at 01:19:59
As you say I am hardly in the minority in that regard which is why I am always encouraging my five-a-side team-mates to help each other (me!) by keeping up the (constructive) verbal communication. It is amazing how many of them seem to have taken a vow of silence and then look disgusted when the ball doesnÂt miraculously end up at their feet.
Talking of 5-a-side, I presume a ToffeeWeb team has been assembled and are well prepared for the imminent competition! Good luck lads (and ladies???)!
20 Posted 27/07/2014 at 01:30:43
I know nothing about Besic Â– wish weÂd sign him so he could actually play.
21 Posted 27/07/2014 at 08:03:59
22 Posted 27/07/2014 at 08:28:12
Switch to Wolfsburg guy who declares an interest.
23 Posted 27/07/2014 at 08:42:34
Spoke to a few Thai Evertonians and a farang Leicester supporter who it turns out will be sitting right behind me!
Game is a sell out, no tickets available on the door. Storm clouds are looming and thereÂs a bit of rain at the moment so with any luck itÂll blow over before kick off.
24 Posted 27/07/2014 at 08:57:32
25 Posted 27/07/2014 at 09:12:29
26 Posted 27/07/2014 at 09:13:47
Do like ladyboys or all football in general? (in the voice of Dennis Pennis)
27 Posted 27/07/2014 at 10:34:58
28 Posted 27/07/2014 at 10:55:23
DidnÂt see it harold but thatÂs a horses mouth right there. Unusual for Robbie to be so publicly revealing about such a hot topic. Was it a rushed answer, from the hip? Did he think it was off air? Would be very happy if it were true.
29 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:22:08
30 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:33:08
31 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:34:50
32 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:38:33
33 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:46:24
"Calling him Itsu instead of Atsu. Sorry mate." Bless you. Harold.
34 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:43:20
35 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:49:49
36 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:56:48
37 Posted 27/07/2014 at 11:55:19
38 Posted 27/07/2014 at 12:05:08
40 Posted 27/07/2014 at 12:18:24
Joel, Hibbert, Distin, Duffy, Garbutt, McCarthy, Barry, McGeady, Naismith, Osman, Pienaar.
Subs: Stones, Alcaraz, Gibson, McAleny, Long, Browning, Kennedy, Hope, Lundstram, Stanek.
41 Posted 27/07/2014 at 12:20:31
4 defenders, 2 defensive midfielders and 4 attacking midfielders is what is effectively a 4-6-0 formation - almost enough to bring me out in a cold sweat thinking Martinez has all been a dream and we're still stuck with Moyes!
Many players to come back from holiday and also to be signed, I know......but still sends a shudder down my spine.
42 Posted 27/07/2014 at 12:34:50
43 Posted 27/07/2014 at 12:26:36
44 Posted 27/07/2014 at 12:36:22
These games are of little consequence as we know what most of these players can do except it will give opportunities to some of the younger players to show what they have.
I'm not really worried about missing target men at this stage as the result doesn't matter as long as things fall into place when it matters in 3 weeks.
45 Posted 27/07/2014 at 13:35:47
46 Posted 27/07/2014 at 13:46:07
47 Posted 27/07/2014 at 13:48:38
48 Posted 27/07/2014 at 14:48:57
49 Posted 27/07/2014 at 14:47:14
Garbutt looked good and should have played the whole match. What's the point of seeing Hibbo play left wing back? Chris Long didn't do much but looked a decent player all the same; he's got something. Browning defended pretty well but looked uncomfortable getting the ball beyond the halfway line. McAleny did precisely nowt and Hope and Lundstram even less. Robles showed us that the young Czech keeper has a chance of becoming our number two keeper this season. Naismith was OK and looked like he wanted to make things happen, unlike the majority of his team mates.
51 Posted 27/07/2014 at 14:54:10
52 Posted 27/07/2014 at 14:55:16
53 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:02:01
I know Schmeichel came off at half time, but I didn't even realise their goalie had a big mad beard until the 75th minute. The youngsters were depressingly poor. Stones made good recovery tackles (recovering his own mistakes) Tony Hibbert was our best player and he is Tony Hibbert.
I'm not worried, because obviously most of this bunch won't be playing on the opening day. And we'll have different opposition...erm
54 Posted 27/07/2014 at 14:56:39
Perhaps we were watching hibbert at LB because Garbutt was knackered or had some minor injury? Preseason is not the time for taking unnecessary risks. I'm sure Martinez isn't actually planning to use Hibbert there.
Either way, we've still got Kone, Mirallas, Baines, Jags, Howard, Coleman, Barkley, Oviedo, Besic and hopefully Lukaku + 2 other attacking players to come in. Thats virtually an entire team containing our best, most creative players, who will be required to break down teams like Leicester who defend deep and get all their players behind the ball.
What I think we learned was that a few of the younger players do have first team potential(Garbutt specifically, but Browning also looked good defensively)....and some are probably not of the required standard yet. Martinez also tried some different formations which will have impacted our performance.
55 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:12:37
56 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:12:05
I had seriously considered flying out for this match. I'd have to have found something else to do in Bangkok.
57 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:00:25
I saw today 8 players who need to be kicked out of my beloved Goodison Palace. Sorry guys, the kids are just not good enough.
58 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:12:44
I genuinely despise the Barry and McCarthy partnership and off the two thought Barry was twice the player. We massively overpaid for James! He's no better than Carsley was and he cost ٟ.9 mill not 㾹 mil.
It's so depressing trotting around the globe with no new players and no strikers bringing the Everton brand to new audiences. We certainly gained no extra fans today.
59 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:18:48
60 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:23:10
That is the stupidest comment I think I’ve ever seen on ToffeeWeb. Did you watch any games last season?
I don’t think any Everton fan would argue that McCarthy was in our top 5 best players last season. Talking tripe pal.
61 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:35:52
62 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:40:32
63 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:36:12
If we do not get Lukaku, then we have no striker to start the season. Kone has not played a competitive game for ages and cannot be expected to play 90 minutes of Premier League football at the moment. Traore is another ÂmaybeÂ player who has not shown enough IMO to really excite the fans. We are edging towards the start of the season and so far we have made no ÂproperÂ signings. I do not consider Barry in that category.
Other teams have substantially strengthened and we are in danger of having a poor start to the season judging by present form.
64 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:43:49
65 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:42:06
McCarthy was one of our rocks last season
66 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:46:18
67 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:51:15
68 Posted 27/07/2014 at 15:45:34
69 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:21:17
A) McCarthey and Barry were really very good last season.
B) You ruined a very good bag of crisps.
You Sir, are a scoundrel of the highest order.
70 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:15:14
Never mind the dress rehearsals let’s see what happens from August 16th onwards.
But I would agree that the ponderous nature of our build-up play has to be addressed and the sooner the better, being patient to create chances is one thing but being over-cautious is another. Hopefully we get the striker in that we are so sadly lacking and for all of Naismith’s qualities he is not a lone centre-forward by any stretch of the imagination.
We have to have the full first-team squad available from the get-go and we need to have a more cutting edge to our play Â– but today is not really the day to judge the team and I will wait to see how we perform in the remaining friendlies but I fear we still haven’t yet gained that killer instinct or desire to take the game by the scruff of the neck Â– Rome wasn’t built in a day but we do need to be showing a great deal more than we did today.
71 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:18:45
Robles continues to scare the shit out of me and I think Bobby’s confidence in him is misplaced.
Our World Cup boys seem to be having a much longer holiday than those at the Top Four clubs, so here’s hoping they can hit the ground running on just a couple of week’s match practice.
But as everyone tells me, our manager is a genius beyond all others, so I guess he knows better than his peers.
72 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:24:18
There was nothing at stake, there was no points or cups to be won yet a lot of people are talking as if we are in a relegation battle. Chill out!!!
73 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:15:17
I think we will give them more of a game when the season starts but Leicester will be at home and will be full of confidence and determined to get off to a good start. If we don’t buy a couple of strikers soon be prepared for the same sort of start that we suffered last season.
74 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:29:32
What World Cup players at what top 4 clubs are you talking about?
75 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:33:57
It was a PR exercise, nothing more. It canÂt even be considered good for fitness, given that the players that went have had to do so much travelling in such a short space of time.
Forget about it.
76 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:33:41
There are many posts on here from people who have a different opinion of Martinez than you, and from some who think the same as you, but I donÂt think I have read one, never mind Âeveryone on hereÂ telling you that our manager is a genius beyond all others.
Who has said our manager is a genius beyond all others?
77 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:04:50
A similar fixture arranged closer to home would have provided much better preparation. The only reason for playing so far, far away can only be obligatory to satisfy commercial interests and respect for distant fans.
Hopefully, we will now start preparing in earnest!
78 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:28:54
If we turn up and look impressive, the bond with our sponsors is strengthened, ChangÂs own profile is raised and unaffiliated Thai fans Â– of whom I imagine there are quite a few Â– decide to follow us, increasing the presence of our "brand" in that part of the world, which will bring us extra prestige and casheroonie. It was effectively an exhibition game.
It was never likely that Hibbo would run the length of the pitch balancing the ball on the end of his nose, to the delight of the crowd, but a slightly less dismal performance would have seen our stock rise.
79 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:36:14
I wont go into the negetives as there were too many to mention, but IÂm certain theyÂve all been covered by now!!!
80 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:35:02
81 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:44:42
Nothing but a PR exercise, as has been said, and a way for the lad to get some match practice, before shaking hands with those ladyboys - whatever they are.
82 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:49:58
If our Billy dosnt get his wallet out and give Roberto the transfer funds he needs, start worrying. Its a disgrace that at the moment Everton donÂt have a recognised striker.
83 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:00:30
84 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:03:28
85 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:00:28
However, Everton FC fulfilled their duties to the sponsors and will I am sure have impressed the locals with their friendliness and approachability but it was never going to be a match that would attract a whole new group of fans to Everton FC. It seemed like a hastily arranged game for non footballing reasons.
I donÂt think Everton FC have ever gone in for impressing the locals in any of their overseas sojourns even when Everton FC were at their pomp, maybe it is a fault rather than a virtue but it is as far as I know the way we have always been during the build-up to a new season.
86 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:09:44
87 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:28:44
That is their job, the reason they are paid huge amounts of money.
DonÂt think the rest of us would have a job for long if we werenÂt willing and able to put ourselves through the mill every now and then.
88 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:30:49
After the game there were around 200 local fans waiting to applaud our lads getting on the coach and gets pics and autographs, only about 20 at the Leicester coach.
So all in all a good pr exercise that the locals appreciated.
89 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:38:18
As for saying that weÂve never gone in for impressing the locals, IÂve simply no idea what you mean. If it were true (which I rather doubt) then it would be a self defeating attitude to take. In fact, from what I can tell from the OS, we did a fair amount of pressing the flesh, etc. ItÂs just that we didnÂt really turn up for the game of football at the centre of our visit!
90 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:47:47
It was a good PR exercise Eric no doubt. Shame there wasnÂt any decent football for the locals to watch. Really dire match
91 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:36:48
92 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:40:04
Despises Barry/McCarthy partnership.
Rates McCarthy the same as Carsley.
Next heÂll be telling is that Baines canÂt hit a free kick, and Coleman is simply not fit enough for professional football!!!
93 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:56:24
94 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:35:06
First half was ok and I thought Barry and Garbutt stood out. Second half was very disappointing in which almost every one was poor, the main problem being that players werenÂt finding space and making themselves available, with the result that we were passing backwards and sideways but going nowhere.
So what to make of it, ok lots of our 1st team didnÂt play but I have to say my confidence is slightly dented!
95 Posted 27/07/2014 at 17:56:46
96 Posted 27/07/2014 at 16:23:37
On the plus side, Garbutt and Long showed plenty of promise, the squad is getting fitter, the World Cup lads will soon be back, Besic is now with us, Henen and Galloway will join the U21s and 2 or 3 useful loan signings are packing their bags. As for Lukaku. We certainly need the big fella but till he arrives, IÂm saying nothing.
IÂm also saying nothing about the painfully slow buildup with too many passes. Roberto knows exactly what he wants and will eventually sort things out.
97 Posted 27/07/2014 at 18:16:58
98 Posted 27/07/2014 at 18:21:07
IÂm surprised Leicester had such a following Â– and suspect that most of their "fans" were there cos the tickets were free on condition of attendance. Their lack of football knowledge epitomised by the screamers near the commentary mic every time the Foxes crossed the half way line Â– thatÂs not how Thais watch football.
The cynic in me suspects with such screaming prowess those ladies normally hang out in the entertainment district, where tickets were being handed out like confetti.
Also bear in mind although we have a Thai sponsor, this was a King Power-promoted event. I didnÂt see Chang branding anywhere, although no doubt we had to provide the opposition to make it an all Thai affair, corporately.
99 Posted 27/07/2014 at 18:20:49
I meant from a purely footballing point of view that Everton teams of the past werenÂt particularly interested in impressing the locals in pre-season friendlies and I acknowledged that the club and the players would have been accommodating as regards PR etc.
IÂm not a great follower of pre-season in general but I canÂt remember any time when the Blues have gone on tour and have blown away the locals with their footballing abilities Â– if IÂm wrong, I apologize but that doesnÂt mean it was an excuse for a poor showing.
Last yearÂs trip to the USA was memorable but only because of the quality of the teams involved and I donÂt think we would have gained that many supporters from those games based on purely footballing merit.
I wonder what the Leicester City sponsors thought of their teamÂs performance today Â– not a lot I bet.
100 Posted 27/07/2014 at 18:49:38
101 Posted 27/07/2014 at 18:45:48
Either something about our pre-season regime has us lagging behind (perhaps aiming to peak for start of the season?) or alot of our reserve players are just very average.
Anyway, it doesnÂt really matter though we could all do with a confidence boost or two given the relatively inactive transfer incomings. Certainly we are crying out for returning/new blood in the goal creating/scoring departments as we look very pedestrian there at the moment.
102 Posted 27/07/2014 at 18:52:16
103 Posted 27/07/2014 at 19:23:12
Pity, as the lad was doing well. IÂd like to see some more of him. Likewise Chris Long, who looked dangerous. He didnÂt achieve anything, but looking dangerous is a good start.
104 Posted 27/07/2014 at 19:41:02
Meanwhile back to the overseas transfer targets.
105 Posted 27/07/2014 at 19:40:03
In all seriousness, we played the second half with youth team players like Long, McAleny, Lundstram and Hope in the top half of the pitch. People shouldnÂt be surprised that we struggled to break down an experienced Leicester side and generally looked a bit crap. I donÂt think it was lack of effort, simply lack of ability and experience.
If we manage to get Lukaku, with Barkley in behind and Mirallas and Pienaar on the wings, I think weÂll see a different performance and outcome.
106 Posted 27/07/2014 at 20:04:13
107 Posted 27/07/2014 at 19:55:05
Putting those kids in the front line will destroy them as well as reduce our European experience to a bad dream.
108 Posted 27/07/2014 at 20:10:48
ItÂs not as though too many of our lot featured in the final stages,is it? Jags, Bainsy and Mirallas hardly enhanced their reputations and although Tim and Barks got rave reviews, I canÂt believe they are knackered by their efforts.
109 Posted 27/07/2014 at 20:22:45
Put it this way, when have you ever cared or even thought about pre-season once the season starts? I never have. It doesnÂt mean a damn thing, a game like todayÂs Â– and it was Leicesters game anyway Â– all arranged by them, for them Â– it was even promoted by their sponsor, not ours. We were the away team, hence the black kit.
Forget about it Â– it was a run-out for some of our bit-part players. Ross was only there for PR for example, he didnÂt ever play. Meaningless. The Porto game will be much better and weÂll have our first team back soon. Relax.
110 Posted 27/07/2014 at 20:34:21
111 Posted 27/07/2014 at 20:26:09
112 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:05:47
113 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:07:16
114 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:12:41
115 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:16:34
116 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:24:30
117 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:19:41
118 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:30:21
119 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:32:04
120 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:41:04
123 Posted 27/07/2014 at 22:04:17
124 Posted 27/07/2014 at 22:30:55
125 Posted 27/07/2014 at 22:37:31
126 Posted 27/07/2014 at 22:33:14
127 Posted 27/07/2014 at 23:17:40
128 Posted 27/07/2014 at 23:27:18
The second consideration when watching a game in Thailand, is to appreciate the climate. Having played last month in Sa Keow on the Cambodian border it feels like your head is going to explode after you make a sprint. You are downing endless amounts of re-hydration fluids and water and wearing ice vests when you come off. Bangkok's humidity for players with no acclimatisation will have been horrendous.
It's business off the pitch that is important pre-season, and that's a different story.
129 Posted 27/07/2014 at 23:36:07
McCarthy, Barry, Baines and Coleman fit the bill - the rest don't have the will, or arrogance that's required just yet.
Bobby needs to change the mindset as much as the footballing style - easier said than done.
130 Posted 27/07/2014 at 23:56:31
131 Posted 27/07/2014 at 23:58:31
132 Posted 28/07/2014 at 00:04:03
Too many of you still view Everton as a dogged team who need to grind out results by first prioritising defense and then sneaking goals. We have 4 players now in the defensive mid role and we should only be playing one against most teams in the prem. Against Man City away play two fair enough, but our football is so pedestrian with Barry and McCarthy in there. They slow the ball down and so our only fast way of moving the ball from defence to attack is with our fullbacks. We have fantastic fullbacks who are very adept at doing this but when teams set up purely to nullify this threat we have no Plan B as we cannot attack through the middle with those two in there.
What exactly does McCarthy offer for 㾹M that Carsley didn't for less than 2?
133 Posted 28/07/2014 at 00:30:55
134 Posted 28/07/2014 at 00:49:31
135 Posted 28/07/2014 at 01:07:36
136 Posted 28/07/2014 at 02:13:28
I don't understand the schadenfreude derived from the collapse of the Remy deal, especially when, as other posters have pointed out, Liverpool will merely go in for someone else who may well be more effective (Rodriguez? Bony?). But, as Trevor as pointed out and as I've argued in other threads, Lukaku will not go to Liverpool. Mourinho will not sell to a title rival, and Chelski will not risk another Sturridge-esq calamity.
We also should not worry too much about this result. We are not as sharp as Leicester, because we had more World Cup players. Anyone looking at this team and expecting a top four finish next season is completely out of sync with reality in my opinion, but that said, I expect a good season because we have very good players.
137 Posted 28/07/2014 at 04:10:37
138 Posted 28/07/2014 at 06:25:22
139 Posted 28/07/2014 at 09:21:49
Having watched the game, I think the first half was by far the better of the two, while I know that it is about competitive game fitness, I could also not comprehend just how casual some of the participants appeared to be (I know conditions, etc) but these are supposed to be giving the Manager and coaching staff a chance to elevate them to the Senior Squad, on such performances, or have I got that wrong?
Up to now, I could only say that Luke Garbutt, seems to be the only candidate, to be able to make that transition.
As for the goalkeeper, I have said this also on previous threads, Tim Howard (quite rightly No 1) cannot be expected to play every game on all four fronts; Robles frightens the life out of me with his lack of positional sense. I can't help but think that we really slipped up by not getting Pantilimon on a free from Man City. This lad Stanek has gone all the way to Bangkok, as understudy to Robles... why, when changes were made for the second half, did he not have a chance?
140 Posted 28/07/2014 at 10:00:04
Let's hope so !
141 Posted 28/07/2014 at 10:59:41
142 Posted 28/07/2014 at 10:47:16
Apart from Garbutt, the youngsters have talent but lack experience and mental maturity. Fear of getting things wrong dominated their actions and led to mistakes. Not quite so much for Long who has a bit of cockiness about him and it was easy to see why Stubbsy rated him so highly. Of course, Roberto was hoping one or two of these lads would strengthen us in the weaker areas. How he sees things after 2 pre-season games, I haven't a clue but he will now have a better idea of the kind of players we need to bring in.
143 Posted 28/07/2014 at 11:33:27
Cue, Luke Garbage or would that be Look Garbage or Look Garbutt!!! It is a dilemma! :-)
145 Posted 28/07/2014 at 12:55:26
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