Yesterdays blog saw some great discussion following the defeat at Old Trafford and SharkeySure picked out a couple of comments that spurred(!) him on to the following rant.
26 May – “it really annoys me to see our players not matching the energetic determination of their opponents”
Mike – “Thirty minutes to go and I see very little urgency or intensity from any of them. There is no spirit, no real grit and determination”
My overriding thought from Monday night’s game is that with two minutes of injury time left, we have a free kick deep in our half that is passed to our keeper and three more shortish passes ensue before RVP puts a cross into the box which leads to Theo’s tame (wild?) effort.
A winning mentality would have the keeper waving his troops into the box and strarting a mini Alamo. We really are the only side that I can think of who will continue to probe for an opening with so little time on the clock. We’ll also still have a back four in our half marking no one, or at best, one fat granny shagging striker.
Ok we’re not Stoke, but would it really hurt to push Squillaci up front and start an aerial bombardment for the duration of injury time..?? After all, Theo’s effort came from a weak headed clearance !
Scratched record alert !!!!
For all of Song’s misplaced passes on Monday, I still look at his approach to games and can’t help but think that if we had more players with his attitude we would see a real upturn in our fortunes.
He’s strong, he’s quick (out paced Evra!!), he’s normally a good passer, and one of our best in the air.
For all he gets told to stay back by so many, he has scored vital goals this season and been heavily involved in a fair few of our recent goals.
Personnel and circumstances dictated that he guard the back gate for most of the 2nd half on Monday, but I for one was cursing that we had no Denilson out there to allow him to push on a bit.
So I agree with Neamann re Song and Denilson, Neamann prob got the idea from a comment of mine from Monday night !! In all seriousness mine was a bit of hindsight insight if you like, based on how ineffective I thought Rosicky was.
Clichy is also much maligned, I thought he played Nani very well for the most part. He’s another one with the right amount of guts and determination !!!
Last point on Song. Give him credit for never hiding away. Misplace two passes, and he’ll still want the ball under pressure, yeah he might then misplace a third, but then again he might not.
Why do so many people completely overlook the great defensive work he does for us..??
Written by SharkeySure