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Warnock First Half Cost Us

Stephen Warnock has pointed to a below par first half performance from the team as the reason we lost to Arsenal, despite their obvious quality.

Speaking on the Official Site as the dust continues to settle following our abject performance at the weekend, Warnock was quick to praise the quality and skill of the Arsenal side, but was honest in the fact that we lost that game by stupid basic errors again.

'We started poorly and gifted them two sloppy goals. The first was a mix up between Ginge and Luke and the second was deflected. That put us in a bad position at half time.'

He was however pleased with how we responded in the second half, and added.

'We knew we could play better and the second half was about being positive and starting brightly. You can't afford to make mistakes against a team like Arsenal.'

Mistakes like bouncing around in no man's land, failing to either challenge the player on the ball or keep your position and defend the back post presumably.

Anyway, enough of the negativity, the positives - Ciaran Clark.

'It was a calm finish for the first and he put his head in where it hurts for the second. He was unfortunate not to get the hat trick where he dragged it just wide of the post.'

So there we go, I think we can deduce from the player interviews today that the team aren't exactly happy with themselves either - which may comfort some.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 29 2010

Time: 9:17AM

Your Comments

Certainly not been as solid as he was when he first joined has he. Still wonder how much injury has hampered him to be honest.
mike_field
He's constantly out of position and his rash tackling have cost us dear. The only reason I can see that he gets in the England team (and our for that matter) is lack of competition at his position.
juddy
Left back is possibly the worst position on the field... The guy is a bloody work horse that not only rushes to defend but surges forward to create chances or at least draw players to free our wingers... out of place? I say doing as his manager bloody well tells him... oh by the way his "rash" tackling has saved my goals than has scored against him.
Zarch
Not found consistency yet this season, brilliant one game, crap the next, but to label him a liability is taking the pi**. He put Nani in his pocket for most of the ManU game. Defensively we seem to lack organisation at the moment and all four players seem to be caught out of position quite alot lately as well as losing the ability to defend set plays, don't know why though.
AVbornandbred
Totally agree with AVbornandbred. We were all over the shop at times on Saturday and there seems to be a real problem with our defence being caught out of position. Have they forgotten what they were doing last season?
Bobby Norman
Warnock is an accident waiting to happen....actually, he's an accident which frequently happens!! Yes he 'surges forward' then slopes back once the huge Warnock shaped hole has been exploited. It's all well and good being willing to go forward, but a Full Back also has his defensive duties to attend to...something Mr W seems to forget. If I were a premier league Manager, I'd get my guys to run at him all day long, he's a weak link and a squad player at best.
juddy
One thing I will say about Saturday’s game was the difference Stephen Ireland made when he came on. He looked 100% better than any other game I'd seen him play in a Villa shirt and at least we stopped trying to lump the ball up front like we had when Carew was on. Did anybody else notice that they put the team we put out against Man U on the hoardings then changed it but called Pires Pirez? Has he changed nationality after the Spanish World Cup win?!
juddy
Yeah juddy I think Ireland also looked far better. I would have thought that he would have been a better inclusion than pires against Arsenal (although I still feel pires played decently). Against teams that are physical Ireland tends to disappear but against teams like Arsenal who close down rather than maim he is a great fit. Its actually funny - we played better in the second half when Carew came off. Not because Carew was playing badly but because our tactics were to lump it up to him... Need to keep the ball on the ground in open play, we look really good when we do!
Astriel
so, return half your pay for the week.
Lost_In_Ca
 

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