Lions Tamed By Foxes
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Wicked Messenger said, As a big MON supporter I have to say he has to take full responsibility for the result. He praised Mourinho last season for playing his strongest team in this completion yet he couldn't do the same despite having a far inferior squad.
Having said that, before kick off I thought the team would walk it. Little did I know, that was exactly what they tried to do. No scapegoats please - Harewood and Petrov were no worse than many others. Harewood showed the most urgency and at least risked making mistakes by taking on players. He had a go but only succeeded in making me feel how critical Carew's injury could be to the team. I hope I'm proved wrong.
Most passed it sideways and hoped somebody else would try to make something happen. It all smacked a great deal of Man City away in terms of possession / chances ratio.
The pressure's right on again now for Spurs and if they snub out Barry and Young I cannot see where the goal's are coming from. It's depressing and it also vindicates all those on this site who have severely criticised MON's summer spending, or lack of it.
Martin has put himself under a pressure and scrutiny that a decent cup run would have nullified.
Match ratings by Bearvill:
Taylor - 0 -
Barry - 6 -
Davies - 2 -
Knight - 6 -
Mellberg -7 -
Petrov - 0 -
Reo Coker - 5 -
Osbourne -6 -
Maloney - 7 -
Gabby - 4 -
Harewood - 4 -
Young - 4 -
Moore - 3 -
He gambled by replacing 6 players and it well and truly didn't pay off, I reckon if he had started Gardner over Petrov, or O'Halloren at left back with Barry in centre mid, we would have won.
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