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O'Neill - The Semi Final Excuses

O'Neill - The Semi Final Excuses

Ok fair enough Monny doesn't write the official site reactions, he just provides the quotes for the verdict but it's very telling the opening line is about the two red cards.

O'Neill describes them as 'incontestable' and I fully agree, the penalty and John Terry's 'tackle' on Milner were straight reds in my mind. It's impossible to say otherwise in reality.

The penalty was as clear cut as you can get, NOBODY in that position would fall when all it takes is a touch for the ball to be in the back of the net, and as for the Terry tackle it matters not if he got a hairs breath on the ball first, what matters is the studs were impossibly high, the follow through was as clear as day and well let's face it, had any of our players done that they'd be done and given an extra ban for dangerous play.

So I agree, Chelsea should've been down to 9 men and I agree we should've been 1-0 up. But I really don't think it matters, Chelsea would've still battered us in the second half because whilst Monny hides behind refereeing decisions yet again at a Wembley appearance, the bottom line is we weren't good enough to win and he wasn't good enough to make changes to help us win.

I don't see any red cards changing that.

'I am sitting here again, six weeks on, and talking about major incidents in the game.'

I'm sitting here 18 months on questioning why we don't have a plan B. Why we don't use the squad Monny has paid good money for. Why we don't make substitutions to attempt to change a game or at the very least provide fresh impetus when it's clear 'the favourites' are as knackered as feck.

I'm sitting here wondering why we are still as predictable as a period.

He follows that line by saying:

'We should have had a penalty - it was clear cut. The referee has chosen to ignore it because of possible consequences.'

I agree...but would it have changed things? Our goal lead against Utd didn't. Because over 90 minutes we weren't good enough. What's different today? Over 90 minutes Chelsea took the best we could give, and then waited till we tired and stuffed us by three.

A penalty wouldn't have made a difference. I doubt a sending off would've. Against the top sides we've already seen how a sending off works in our favour. It doesn't, we are even more inept at breaking down a team who defend with 10 men than we are when there are 11 players on the pitch.

Monny then babbles a bit about Ferguson:

'SirAlexFerguson said a few weeks ago that he couldn't understand how, having been awarded a penalty kick, Vidic managed to stay on the pitch.'

What has that to do with today unless we really want to go down the conspiracy route and totally ignore the fact we weren't good enough?

Where's the honesty? I doubt Collins will even get close to having to remove his Twitter page tonight.

As for the Milner challenge, O'Neill describes it as 'horrendous' again I agree.

'The referee is right beside it and chooses to give him a yellow card. I was a horrendous challenge.'

Absolutely spot on. Maybe it's all you should expect from Terry thesedays with his 'personal issues' and the wider family problems he seems to have who would normally be his 'role models' but again what baring on the result does it really have.

Where are the comments about being 1-0 behind and bringing on the one striker in human history you can guarantee will not score?

Where are the comments about not making subs despite the fact it's clear certain players like normal, have lost their legs and Chelsea were cutting through them - despite their best efforts.

Where is the important stuff, as opposed to the emotional flaring, PR friendly conspiracy BS that in reality has nothing to do with why we lost?

Maybe I expect too much...maybe I just don't fall for it anymore?

This is our best season ever apparently. We haven't had as good a squad in 20 odd years apparently. O'Neill is the best manager we can get apparently.

Flame me, I disagree.

For the rightful Milner ranting and excuses please Click Here.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday April 10 2010
Time: 9:48PM


Bloody hell Mike, stop fannying around and say what you really feel will you. ;-)
villan of the north
10/04/2010 21:58:00
I'm fed up hearing people having a go at Heskey all the time/What's he supposed to do with eight mins to go?Carew is not exactly world class either.I'd love to see the Fonz come on but is our team able to play without any muscle upfront?.We have spent the last 4 years gearing our team towards playing with a big man upfront.Thus far it has worked maybe not as much as some would want,only recently has this tactic been fully exposed (last season losing Laursen and replacing him with Knight had just as much impact as any tactical flaws).If we have some money to spend in the summer and nothing changes next season then it will be time for a change,but to start calling for the managers head after losing a semi final is a bit much imho.Who should replace him?
10/04/2010 22:09:00
Villa were great today,dominated a world class club side for most of the game.the carling cup final performance was crap,this was different.People need to realise we are no where near chelseas level talent wise,the quality and experience in their squad is ******** ridiculous not to mention they have a top level manager. Chelsea won because they are world class and we are not. Not too dissapointed today,we finally passed the ball for the majority of the game which led to a much better quality of performance.
10/04/2010 22:12:00
Ive just got back and i thought we played excellent, should have had the penalty and it could have changed things, chelsea certainly wasnt at their best today and they were lucky we didnt capatalise on our good first half performance, second half was still good, we definately didnt get outplayed and whoever thinks we did are deluded and need their eyes testing. I disagree with the article about chelsea would have battered us with 9 men? they hardly did with 11 today, nothing like the 7-1 battering they gave us before, the score was very flattering, id be happy with the spuds to go on and win it now.
10/04/2010 22:17:00
Pking I think you missed the point with the Heskey comment. And did I call for his head? I just said, as I have done for months he's not capable of more. Olof I still think they'd have won. Alba you're talking out your backside mate, grabbing a shirt does not 'offset' being dragged down in the box. Nothing different to Vidic....get back to normal, don't try and find excuses to be reasonable lol
10/04/2010 22:20:00
Chelsea are world class. We are trying to compete - with far less money and for mosyt of the game we DID. I say our lads were brave, skilful but lacked that last bit of guile. Having a go at MoN is extraordinary considering how far we've come. A final, a semi final, competing high in the league after playing more games than ever is testament to the man himself. YES we do need a striker but so does every other team just above us and below us, not to mention the other teams in Europe! Cuellar was outstanding against Chelsea. We were cancelled out by Chelsea's dogged determination - not skill or flair and to be fair, their obvious class showed but did not overshadow. I smproud of MoN and agree that this coming transfer window buys are critical as to whether he stays or not. Slaters may say he has spent alot but he has recouped a bit too. Newcastle spent alot, so did Middlesboro and look where it got them! Let's be honest and say: IT COULD BE ALOT WORSE. We're still improving despite spending less than most of our nearest rivals.
10/04/2010 22:21:00
p.villa Chelsea basically sat back until 60 mins lol I agree it would've been more difficult had we took the lead but the first half was ours, we were nowhere to be seen in the second in reality. Aimless balls into the box do not equal 'chances'. The score wasn't flattering, it was expected and the only person who couldn't see it coming was the manager apparently. Unless I'm that good and really omened us by commenting there's long enough left for the to get the second.....just enough for the 3rd.
10/04/2010 22:23:00
Surely being outplayed just means that they were better tha us overall and as such they deserved to win. As we didn't get a shot on goal this is surely the case. No one is saying we were played off the pitch.
villan of the north
10/04/2010 22:26:00
Cech didn't make a save, this is football, it is not a good performance if the opposition goalkeeper is a spectator, hello, hello, is any of this making sense. We had the ball a lot, but as soon as we tired they won at a canter.
10/04/2010 22:39:00
All hail p.villa, common sense.
10/04/2010 22:44:00
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