The DD for this year says Perform FLI then a number and the cost. That looks different to last year but, in any case, I'm posting it here as it's taken me a few minutes to work out what the payment is for.
Predictable as defeat was last night, I'm still bloody annoyed about it. That our recent record in this competition is poor we already knew but I really wish we would stop making it worse. An extra couple of games and a chance for younger players to get more experience should not be a hardship for this club.
A lot's already been said but a few thoughts:
- Berra and Chambers looked a class apart last night. Crawley huffed and puffed but weren't a threat until two chances right at the end of 90 minutes. Not sure exactly what happened with the goal, scrappy one with strong appeals for offside.
- Clarke made a very assured debut, definitely the highlight of the night. Without a cup run his next opportunity in the first team will be in January. It's one thing for players to be younger than me but he's less than half my age!
- Henshall looked bright, ran at defenders, worked hard but rarely looked up in possession and consequently made poor use of some excellent positions. Young enough to improve.
- Wordsworth and Bru worked hard, passed the ball well but created very little of note. Wordsworth's glorious throughball for Nouble the stand out moment. WIll one of these two alongside Hyam or Skuse really give us an extra dimension? It would help a bit though.
- Nouble. Well I'll defend Frank and give him the benefit of the doubt but he was really poor last night. One awful miss, and lots of abysmal control. He is still young enough to improve but that was so far away from the Derby performance in April.
- Taylor. Reading back many will disagree,but it was a game when Taylor had a chance to impress, looked good with the ball at his feet but didn't really achieve anything. The usual headdown, lack of awareness is too much of a flaw. Even when he had chances he made a mess of them too, the one just after half time one he should have scored from. I still think he flatters to deceive.
- Marriott. Hard to judge on one match but he did nothing to suggest he should be pushing for a start. Another loan spell is surely the best thing for him at present.
If our first choice side lacks creativity and relies too much on the strikers for goals then it isn't surprising that those flaws are much worse in notably weaker side. Nevertheless I thought we were doing enough to win the match within the 90 minutes and, with a little more composure, we might well have done.
Extra time on the other hand was a non-event, we got more tired and more ragged and Crawley got stronger. I still couldn't see a goal coming at either end but I suppose we were spared another defeat on penalties. It is disappointing that we couldn't show any more than we did.
Only three runs of any note, and 08-09 was so memorable I had forgotten about it, and even when we got to the semi-final we made hard work of beating Exeter and Crewe.
It is quite an extraordinarily poor record, eight exits to lower division teams in 12 seasons.
Is there any chance of that improving tonight? It depends largely on how e play in the centre of the pitch, for all the criticism of Skuse and Hyam (mainly as a partnership granted) we were a lot better with them than without them on Saturday. On the plus side, the defence should still be strong and Marriott will have something to prove.
If that fails, then at least it's a new ground.... Who else is going then?
All week I've been thinking that it's a bit early for the season to start, the World Cup finished barely a month ago.
And then, this morning, it feels a bit different. Really looking forward to 17:15 and the sense of anticipation as the teams come out; always so much more at the start of a season than for any other match.
We might not have improved the team over the Summer but we go into the second consecutive season knowing we have a competent and competitive team and an outstanding manager. Now, if we can only add a little more quality in the next few weeks we might be a little better than competitive.
Priskin Deal Done6th Aug 2009 22:34 Town are understood to have completed the signing of Watford striker Tamás Priskin for a fee believed to be £1.7 million plus top-ups. TWTD was first to break the news of he Blues’ interest in the 22-year-old last Thursday.90