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We Needed To Do Something - The Verdict

We Needed To Do Something - The Verdict

Martin O'Neill said we needed to do something in the second half today, because frankly we failed to turn up for the first.

Speaking on the Official Site following todays 4-2 victory over Reading, O'Neill described our first half performance as 'meek' but was thoroughly delighted with our play following half time.

'I'm delighted with the team, they showed great, great character.'

Passion and drive got us through today, we started looking like a Premiership team in attack only after we equilised....until that point not only did Reading look the more likely to score but we were seriously all over the place.

Our usually watertight defence forgot to put the plug in and were being pulled everywhere and caught ball watching on more than one occasion. Our midfield was non existent, and the less said about our strikers probably the better.

Again though, they kept plugging away, they never failed to keep running and we got exactly what we needed just after half time....some hope.

I've never known a team be so consistently different between halves. It's not the odd match here or there, it is literally every sodding game we have a period of 45 minutes, mostly the first half, which does leave you wondering how the hell they made it as professional footballers to begin with.

I don't get it, and I doubt I ever will.

'After our first half performance I think most of our players were grateful to get a second chance to go out for the second half.'

Ash and Big John in the aftermatch interviews confirmed tough words were said, but Monny doesn't think he gave them the hairdryer treatment at halftime, instead insisting that the players knew themselves how bad they had been and what they had to do to sort it out.

'They are very fine players, they knew how second best they were in the first half themselves so I don't think they needed much reminding of that.'

Monny also wasn't prepared to single out anybody for the change in performance, but did comment about Carew:

'I've said before John at his hungriest can perform like that. He got the goal for us and his game lifted three fold. The next thing you know he is controlling and holding players off which he wasn't doing in the first half.'

So onwards to Chelsea, should be interesting!

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday March 7 2010
Time: 8:43PM

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he needs to say it at the start of the game we cant give Chelski a two goal start!
trekker
07/03/2010 20:46:00
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Very true trekker, we need to start way better against chelsea the same as we did against man utd getting the early goal but this time keep the pressure on and not sit back for 80 mins and try and defend the lead, luckily they might still have essien out and maybe cech but cech should be back in time, as long as we keep the squad fit and playing well we have a good chance.
p.villa
07/03/2010 20:58:00
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Very true trekker, we need to start way better against chelsea the same as we did against man utd getting the early goal but this time keep the pressure on and not sit back for 80 mins and try and defend the lead, luckily they might still have essien out and maybe cech but cech should be back in time, as long as we keep the squad fit and playing well we have a good chance.
p.villa
07/03/2010 20:58:00
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Wycombe Wanderers revisited. We never turned up there first half, went in 3-1 down, could have been 5-1 and we should't have complained. booed and jeered off at the break, different team second half, turned the game on its head. Exactly the scenario we experienced today. Whatever Martin said, or shouted, at the break, its obvious his team talk needs to be bottled and marketed. All Hail St Mart, just as that night at Wycombe we said, All Hail St O'Leary.
glensider
07/03/2010 20:59:00
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Wycombe Wanderers revisited. We never turned up there first half, went in 3-1 down, could have been 5-1 and we should't have complained. booed and jeered off at the break, different team second half, turned the game on its head. Exactly the scenario we experienced today. Whatever Martin said, or shouted, at the break, its obvious his team talk needs to be bottled and marketed. All Hail St Mart, just as that night at Wycombe we said, All Hail St O'Leary.
glensider
07/03/2010 20:59:00
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Its good to see the manager sees the 1st half performance like the rest of us now lets show chelsea what we can do.
mc parland
07/03/2010 22:49:00
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Its good to see the manager sees the 1st half performance like the rest of us now lets show chelsea what we can do.
mc parland
07/03/2010 22:49:00
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One thing is certain, against Chelski we won't be able to give them half a game start and still hope to win, no matter what MON says at half time. Let us hope the team are preapred to play for 90 minutes. If they do it will have been a long time coming but we can beat them.
Obediah
07/03/2010 22:50:00
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One thing is certain, against Chelski we won't be able to give them half a game start and still hope to win, no matter what MON says at half time. Let us hope the team are preapred to play for 90 minutes. If they do it will have been a long time coming but we can beat them.
Obediah
07/03/2010 22:50:00
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Seriously why are we so Jeckle and Hyde in the same game, let alone match to match - are other teams the same??? I just don't understand, I'm not complaining, a win is a win and another trip to Wembley is fantastic but a first half like that against Chelski and we will be dead and burried at half time!
davidsands1982
08/03/2010 11:16:00
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