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Comms Breakdown at the Back!

Comms Breakdown at the Back!

Olof Mellberg has admitted that a complete lack of communication was the key to conceding the goal that started the Aston Villa collapse on Saturday.

As the TV saw it, Zat Knight left the cross-goal ball for no particular reason and in doing so, allowed Wayne Rooney to steal in at the back post to score the equaliser.

Our current stand-in at right back believes that it was a lack of communication that was to blame for this, and not the former Fulham defender for being an idiot:

'I felt we were in control but we gave away the goals. With the first one there was a communication error. Zat thought the keeper shouted so he left the ball. It just came from nothing, Mellberg told

'The second goal was the same - Wayne Rooney was on his own and we should take care of that. The third goal was an own goal. You can't afford to do that against Manchester United.'

Mellberg is indeed no stranger to a lack of communication, previous seasons have seen him regularly engaged in arguments with former first choice keeper Thomas Sorensen. I do however feel this time he does have a point. The cross was no more than 5 yards out, something that perhaps Scott Carson could have easily claimed.

He didn't come to get it, Zat Knight was hearing voices and Wayne Rooney was left with the simplest of simple finishes. Something clearly needs to be sorted out on the training field, and quick.

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Date:Monday October 22 2007
Time: 1:12PM


Carson has been very average so far I dont like him
22/10/2007 14:34:00
Zat Knight was extremely poor on saturday. Time to have a look at Davies.
22/10/2007 15:00:00
Thinking about it now, had Knight intercepted it, surely there was a huge risk of him doing nothing but firing it past Carson?
22/10/2007 15:05:00
Defenders are taught to clear the ball in that situation regardless of whether the 'keeper called or not. You don't take chances at the back. Murph: The only way he would have put it into his own goal would have been to play it with his right foot, which as a professional footballer, would be a ridiculous choice! On Carson - I'm yet to be convinced - Taylor and Sorensen's weaknesses are their inability to come out for the ball - it seems like Carson has the same problem. I saw Taylor play on the USA tour and in subsequent games and he has looked as good as, if not better, than Carson. Knight was also at fault for the second goal, he got caught ball-watching and lost Rooney. He was also at fault for Berbatov's first goal at Spurs (ball-watching again and left his position in the zone) and it was he who allowed Ghaly THREE free headers in our box leading to the fourth Spurs goal. He is an athletic and mobile defender, but quite obviously does not have the intelligence or tactical ability to be anything more than a squad player....
22/10/2007 16:10:00
I hear voices aswell Zat but they are all telling me that YOU need to bloody concentrate for 90 mins.
22/10/2007 16:40:00
Davies deserves a chance now. A RB is a essential come January.
22/10/2007 17:47:00
Tarzan - who should we sign?
22/10/2007 17:50:00
Every defender has an off day, agreed Zat is average and should only be a squad player. Every defender takes time to settle. Vidic for United wa shaky as hell in his first few games now he's a rock. This is Davies chance to prove he's worth 10m. Carson is miles better than Sorryson and Taylor, he's only 22 remember.
22/10/2007 18:33:00
My friends over at Fulham laughed when you bought Zat Knight! Now I know why :-) Even though the fecker scored against us :-(
22/10/2007 19:41:00
The problem wasn't just Knight it was the whole defence. If you mark space then someone like rooney will score everytime. Space doesn't score - strikers do. nuff said.
23/10/2007 07:24:00
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