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Mixed Reactions On Derby Draw

Mixed Reactions On Derby Draw

Martin O'Neill thought we struggled to get out of the blocks today, but he was pleased with our second half improvement.

Speaking on the official site after the 1-1 draw with Wolves Monny was disappointed that it took us so long to get going in the match. It's a derby clash, the players should've been up for it from the first minute!

'We didn't play well in the first half.

'Maybe it's because it was a derby game. But there wasn't a great deal of football played in the first half.

'We were playing against a side who are playing with plenty of spirit and enthusiasm. But I was disappointed we didn't get to grips with the game early on.'

Given what I've read so far from people who saw the match, we weren't really that much better in the second half either.

But yet again there were absolutely no changes from us apart from the obligatory 20 mins for Heskey with Carew going off.

We all have our own thoughts so I'm not going to bother repeating mine, they are well known already.

At least we didn't lose though, and it is another point in the bag, but the bottom line remains we have shown have we can play against the big boys, Liverpool and Chelsea. It's about time we took that form into games that we expect a result from.

Until we can consistently perform to those levels things will never change.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday October 24 2009
Time: 4:06PM

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Heskey set up Gabby for the goal. I'm not a massive fan but I do get annoyed at our own "supporters" not supporting our players. I heard boos and people screaming "We don't want him" last Saturday against Chelsea when Heskey came on. That is NOT support. Today was not brilliant but it was an away derby match and we didn't lose. It was never going to be a walk over. We had the best chances. We took one. Sidwell should've scored if only Dunne hadn't forgot he was in the oppositions box.
Adam Deuce
24/10/2009 16:43:00
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Heskey set up Gabby for the goal. I'm not a massive fan but I do get annoyed at our own "supporters" not supporting our players. I heard boos and people screaming "We don't want him" last Saturday against Chelsea when Heskey came on. That is NOT support. Today was not brilliant but it was an away derby match and we didn't lose. It was never going to be a walk over. We had the best chances. We took one. Sidwell should've scored if only Dunne hadn't forgot he was in the oppositions box.
Adam Deuce
24/10/2009 16:43:00
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disappointing performance and result. One up and in control although not playing well, we should have seen it through. Totally uneccessary challenge by Sidwell I thought. IF we play 442 I think Sidders is the weak link. Prefer him in amidfield three. Carew not at the races at moment. For Everton I would bring Reo in for JC and play 451. If we go 442, dare I say it, but give Emile a run. Team for Sunderland will be interesting!
krfeskivilla
24/10/2009 20:18:00
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disappointing performance and result. One up and in control although not playing well, we should have seen it through. Totally uneccessary challenge by Sidwell I thought. IF we play 442 I think Sidders is the weak link. Prefer him in amidfield three. Carew not at the races at moment. For Everton I would bring Reo in for JC and play 451. If we go 442, dare I say it, but give Emile a run. Team for Sunderland will be interesting!
krfeskivilla
24/10/2009 20:18:00
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Thought Milner was fantastic and Sidwell was hopeless
Doug4ever
24/10/2009 20:33:00
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Thought Milner was fantastic and Sidwell was hopeless
Doug4ever
24/10/2009 20:33:00
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Milner was not fantastic, why would you say that ?????
ASPINALL
24/10/2009 20:48:00
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Milner was not fantastic, why would you say that ?????
ASPINALL
24/10/2009 20:48:00
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Agree with Aspinall, Milner wasn't fantastic. He was ok, and worked hard as you'd expect him too (he always gives 100% etc etc etc). He got his challenges in when he needed to. No one REALLY excelled today and one or two were quite poor. Shame after the Man City and Chelsea games we could have done with the confidence kept going. At least Martin O'Neill got the after match right - we were pretty poor in the first half, and I have to say that wasn't because of Wolves. We were "better" in the second, but not anywhere near our best. Gabby missed two he really should have scored, or at least make the keeper work harder. Ash is low on confidence - or something, and despite my 5 year old singing John Carew songs throughout the whole match even she said at the end "he wasn't as big today daddy"! Sidders, well, shame really because I like him. In a totally football way you understand! Maybe Heskey showed a little of what he CAN add today and did himself no harm, unlike the previous 6 odd times he's been on the pitch. Petrov and the back 4 looked solid again. Wolves I thought were actually ok and have one or two players who were good today and shouldn't go down if they show that kind of commitment. At the end of the day it's an away point.
revdpete
24/10/2009 22:47:00
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Agree with Aspinall, Milner wasn't fantastic. He was ok, and worked hard as you'd expect him too (he always gives 100% etc etc etc). He got his challenges in when he needed to. No one REALLY excelled today and one or two were quite poor. Shame after the Man City and Chelsea games we could have done with the confidence kept going. At least Martin O'Neill got the after match right - we were pretty poor in the first half, and I have to say that wasn't because of Wolves. We were "better" in the second, but not anywhere near our best. Gabby missed two he really should have scored, or at least make the keeper work harder. Ash is low on confidence - or something, and despite my 5 year old singing John Carew songs throughout the whole match even she said at the end "he wasn't as big today daddy"! Sidders, well, shame really because I like him. In a totally football way you understand! Maybe Heskey showed a little of what he CAN add today and did himself no harm, unlike the previous 6 odd times he's been on the pitch. Petrov and the back 4 looked solid again. Wolves I thought were actually ok and have one or two players who were good today and shouldn't go down if they show that kind of commitment. At the end of the day it's an away point.
revdpete
24/10/2009 22:47:00
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