Writer: Cider Spurs.
Date:Sunday October 27 2013
Thought I might give a little of my time, and start writing post match articles. Nothing too heavy, as I am sure we all have our own perceptions on who and how we performed. One thing I will say however, is that I will try and give an honest opinion on how our team performed and maybe suggest ideas on improvements. Same as the rest of you I'm sure. I will try and do this in a polite manner, and at times if you feel my thoughts are negative, I make no apologies, for I love the club dearly and have no other agenda other than to support my team.
First things first...You know we are playing boring football when even one of our own players has to go for a quick five minute lie down.(hope you're o.k Andros). Second point...tell me this week that luck doesn't come into it, and I'm off for a quick five minute lie down. Very harsh penalty, very well despatched.
Well, the line-up saw no start for Siggy, to the delight of some I'm sure. Lennon favoured on the Left instead, most of our attacking however was still down the Right flank in the first half, but to be fair Townsend was not really getting much joy from the early exchanges with Figueroa. Sandro made some good tackles but he was not on his passing today and picked up a yellow for his first half contributions. Holtby was finding little pockets of space, but all too often was trying the impossible with delicate through balls into a crowded box with one striker to aim at. Give it up son.
For all the talk of dropping Siggy, I did not think LW looked any better 1st half, Lennon returning from injury granted. All in all the tempo looked quicker (crap stream, so was it really?). But the final 3rd issues appeared about the same..woeful. Quick thought, Chiriches must learn to head the ball at times instead of allowing it to bounce. Looks the part going forward, still appears somewhat shaky at times defending, think he'll come good though.
2nd half saw the introduction of Dembele for Sandro, and for the first five minutes he got on the ball and was getting about. He seemed to disappear after this somewhat, but he did remind me he was on the pitch twice with two shots. Yeah I know !!. We were still enjoying the lion's share of possession ( as we have all season ), but credit has to be given to Hull, they stuck to the task in hand, and Curtis Davis was a rock back there for them. Eriksen came on for Holtby, again not a lot really changed or improved. Defoe came on for Lennon with Eriksen moving out Left, and Townsend whom had started 2nd half LW, switching back to the Right. 2 up top !!!.
The 2nd half basically played out the same way as most of the season. It appeared a little quicker, and in all fairness, we have seen AVB try different formations with different players today. Part of me was crying out for Ade today, along with Soldado. There was very little chance of finding a through ball past a bank of 4 and then 5. The game needed plenty of balls crossed in from the wings to Ade, with Soldado feeding of the scraps. One up top against four is hard enough, let alone five. Corner kicks and crossing were atrocious, constantly sub standard.
I am pleased with the result, disappointed and concerned about the performance. For those of you who are stats orientated, I apologise for the lack of them in this article, well none in fact. I did not really feel the need, it's been pretty much the same week in week out. Old Bob tho' ...takes a mean penalty!!. Right, time for another quick half...Cider Spurs.
Written by Cider spurs
Date:Sunday October 27 2013
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