Date:Sunday August 22 2010
Big Mistakes By Kevin MacDonald
The ups and downs of football... astvil123 on a totally different end of match feeling to last weekends great game v West Ham:
Kevin MacDonald promised to change the formation, tactics, players and game plan for each game we played. Today, he did exactly the opposite.
Stewart Downing and Marc Albrighton have started at home to West Ham and played well. They both started out in Vienna on Thursday and looked tired towards the end. Why start them again at Newcastle?
They will just get burnt out straight away! Players should be able to play 3 games in just over a week don't get me wrong; but having our wingers play 3 games in 8 days is a bit much, especially someone as in-experienced as Marc Albrighton.
We played the same formation as we did against West Ham and Vienna. No change what so ever!
Ciaran Clarke is a great prospect, no doubt! But, having him mark Andy Carrol? Why?
Kev said that Stephen Ireland wasn't fit (which we all saw today) so why the hell did he play the full 90? Why did he even start?
We have Nigel Reo-Coker for a reason! 'Everyone will be given a chance' -
Why hasn't Nathan Delfouneso been given his chance? I think he's earnt a start in the Premier League by now!
We were tired, poor, had no game plan, played the wrong formation and the team spirit well and truly died today!
I'll hold my hands up and say that I wanted Kev to get the job, but I was wrong. Not just because we played one bad game, but because every decision Kev had to make, he got wrong. 3-0 down, and we bring off Albrighton and put Heskey on the right wing.
If we had of played: Friedel, Young, Davies, Dunne, Warnock, Delfouneso, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ireland, Young, Carew, Then aim to take off Ireland for Downing after 60 mins. Then bring on Albrighton towards the end.
That is a team that would have stopped Newcastle in midfield and stopped their deliveries into Carrol.
Kevin MacDonald messed up, but fair enough, he's not a manager. Until a new manager comes in and someone who has a good knowledge of the game and knows how to change the players, formations and tactics for each game properly then we will keep struggling.
Such a shame, but Kevin MacDonald is not the man to take over at Villa full time.
Date:Sunday August 22 2010
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