Writer: Cider spurs.
Date:Sunday November 24 2013
'Right lads let's keep it tight first 20 minutes, you know, feel our way into the game'. 15 seconds after kick-off, we have to trudge back to the centre circle. Nothing like giving the opponents a helping hand. I promised to give an honest opinion, good and bad, some players will be mentioned by name, however they play for my team so I will always support them when they wear the jersey.
Lloris, what can I say, it speaks for itself, it happens, but twice?. Sandro, couple of good tackles, one great one, it is o.k bossing midfield but you have to do something with it. Paulinho the same minus the tackles. Lamela, people just ran past him or pushed him off the ball, needs to toughen up. Vertonghen, really?, schoolboy defending from a player I consider to be one of the best in the game. Dawson, do you see the space behind you when you are parked up Negredo's arse?.
So annoyed with the early goal gift, I actually thought City looked pretty poor defensively in the first half, and when we did get a couple of crosses in from the flanks they looked a little shaky at dealing with them, but as usual we had no idea on how to take advantage. Make no mistake City were very good at times, we were very poor alot of the time. One game admittedly does not end our season, but I did think now was the time to judge how we are performing by the way of stiffer competition in the likes of City and Utd.
Well if this is the first part of the wheels coming off, next week could look very grim. We are looking very slow and predictable, some of the attempted passes through to Soldado were laughable. Yet again we have the possession but do nothing with it, I can't even attempt to try and think of what the causes may be. The early goal obviously knocked the stuffing out of us somewhat, we started to get back into the game, but the things that were giving them one or two problems, namely crosses were not exploited enough. The rest as they say, is history.
Nice to see Adebayor back, he holds the ball up well, hopefully we'll see him partner Soldado on a few occasions now. Dembele looked better further forward and was able to beat his man a few times, he did also have a shot on target. Apologies for the short article, and for not going into too much depth about improvement solutions we may see as viable options, but I really am struggling to find anything positive to take from this game. I do not wish however to base a whole article on the teams shortcomings, they'll be hearing enough of that over the next week, and I'm sure many would have also posted their feelings about the game on OhVey Maria's pre match article.
On a positive note...the missus has just brought me a roast dinner home from work, Oh!..and we've got United next week. Marvellous!!.
Written by Cider spurs
Date:Sunday November 24 2013
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