Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday January 29 2013
Well he would be having watched his entire tactical plan for the game fall apart comically during the first half wouldn't he.
Or maybe he sees our progress has now seen us stop playing well for the first half and falling apart in the second, and he thinks after another 28 odd games we might in fact start performing decently for 90 minutes and not just 45?
That's heartening isn't it.
He told the Official Site.
'We never got going at all in the first half. In the second half? That's the way to play football. The first goal was really disappointing, the second goal sometimes you can't stop them, it's a terrific strike but then it's an uphill battle. Second half I couldn't fault them.'
There's a lot of this not faulting the team lately, and in some ways he is absolutely spot on. Home game, six pointer we play five at the back which hasn't worked for games. We can't play that formation properly. Our wing backs don't get forward, it leaves midfield overrun, and our centre backs aren't organised enough to not get in each others way, track and not leave gaps.
I can't fault them for that. Didn't Brian Clough find out that trying to get a team drilled in one style of football to play a completely different one doesn't work? Don't most managers agree you set your tactics based on the capabilities of the players at your disposal.
Didn't we find out earlier in the season our best formation was a more fluid 442/433 - yes back in those games around Novemberish where we actually looked dangerous some of the time and actually won a game or two?
I'm not even sure...
'The onus is on the home team to get the win and you have to come out of (the maybe?) blocks, especially at home.'
The onus is on the home team, especially at home. I suppose the away team plays with more freedom, especially when away then. Blimey.
'If things don't go your way, people don't want to make mistakes, people want to play the safe pass.'
Oh you mean like the team have been doing since having their soul ripped from them over the festive fixtures? You know, confidence, self belief, something that has not been addressed at all over the last few weeks leading to the very results we have now seen.
Again, just for the fullness...experienced players to help guide, lift, and lead these lads during a bad spell...anyone? There must be somebody out there in football land who wouldn't demand Lescott's wages or cost £15million that could do that Paul. You still have the Dempsey money available, you said you had more left but we'd be fine following the summer, I bet you have more now, fancy using it?
Because there is no way money is not available, so why aren't you using it? Don't want to admit you were wrong in the summer about these players being ready to cope on their own?
Sorry going off tangent.
'We have got to come out of the traps. The last ones where we started were West Brom and Bradford. In those we started pretty decent.'
And pretty much ended Danny Dyer if memory serves, especially bloody Bradford. Really sensible bringing that game up again boss.
Oh, I'm back on track now and remember what the 'I'm not even sure...' lead up was for.
'I thought we were too deep in the first half, we were too deep and too reserved with our passing.'
Not really much of an excuse is it, what do you expect when you have over half the squad tasked with defending. 532 guarantees one thing.
You will spend a lot of time defending when you don't have fullbacks capable of operating as fullsome wingbacks. It leaves the strikers isolated, and the midfield overrun especially with how Newcastle lined up.
Nice you thought we were too deep though and it took you 45 minutes, and two goals against us to change things. Spot on. Apparently Lambert said elsewhere the system wasn't the problem in the first half, curious to change it then and see a positive reaction eh.
I give up.
Rightly he praises Andi Weimann, who he explained has suffered a virus so it was unlikely he could've last 90 minutes, so the decision was taken to just give him 45.
At least that makes sense, and fair play to Andi was what was in 45 minutes, possibly the rival Man of the Match performance after the effort N'Zogbia put in.
Fabian Delph could be back for Everton, and Richard Dunne has suffered a set back in his recovery, but as yet the club don't know how much longer it could keep him out.
Oh, in conclusion...meh.
Less than 48 hours to possibly save our season. Tick tock.
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