He won countless flick ons but not once did Sears or Lawrence get aroundhim to make use of them. He could prove to be a very decent signing. Sears, for all his effort, is way off form -the final 15 last week was not a portent of his return. Skuse and Douglas totally dominated and Lawrence and Ward largely peripheral if at least industrious. Webster was fine and a good tussle between Wood and Berra all game. Pits never really in it. Knudsen not bad, Chambers not good (distribution getting worse if anything). Emmanuel did nothing wrong, one little stepover and cross was decent. Bart solid. Central midfield has NO forward drive at all. It's been the main problem for so long. Agree that Douglas has been better and I see what Skuse's job is but between them there is zero creativity. We did not show up for the second half. We were in it until half time. £56 for my boy and I on the gate. The least I'd hope for would be for my team to turn up for both halves.
I like Murph. He would be a big loss but if decent cash is on offer (for me in the current market that 2.5 million minimum) then you have to forgo what Murph brings for the short term. He has a maximum of two seasons in terms of his age so look to the future. If not now, we would be confronted by the problem of replacing him pretty soon anyway. Get it done quick and get in the long term replacement. Having said that, I would not be averse to turning down money below that price either
Yesterday highlighted (again) just how much we are lacking in our set pieces. Freeman delivered dangerous balls and Flint was constantly on the move leading Berra a merry dance. Can't remember too many goals from set pieces this season for us and whilst some get a bit excited by Bru, his delivery is so hit and miss. Maybe Pringle might improve on this but a bit of real movement in the box might help too. Have we scored a direct free kick this season either?
I was there today and we were beaten 3 by a rival team away from home. Two volleys from outside the box did for us after a sending off which looked justified to me. We matched them pretty much throughout and showed real spirit second half. The away end remained buoyant throughout, singing even at 3 down. This was nothing like the mullering we got at Hull. With eleven on the pitch 2nd half, we would have got something I reckon. We will play far worse than that and win. A defeat disappoints me but some of the comments on here are ridiculous and just don't reflect the atmosphere in the crowd at the game.
I know they can sometimes catch a team napping (us at Boro twice last season) but it's so frustrating when we ultimately fail to get the ball in the box. Happened a couple of times yesterday and it's such a bloody waste for me.
Whilst by full time last night we were rightly defeated, we could have got our noses infront and possibly deserved to be at half time. That would have made for a different game and just maybe we could have won the game. With the results today, we would have been just 4 points off fourth! Lots of ifs and coulds I know but the assumption that the top five places are already in the bag is just nonesense for me.
I know it's unpopular with many on here (and an obsession for others) to crticise Gerken but let's be honest, what is he doing for the first goal? For goodness sake man, it's floated across your goal five yards out but you are rooted to the line. It was a keeper's ball 100% and that's why Tommy is caught on his heels. Dear oh dear Deano. Many will blame Tommy. They are wrong. Oh but he is a great shot stopper lest I forget!
Just a pity we could not hang on. Deja vu from last year. Gerkin just cannot get it right. Crosses go into his six yatd box and he is rooted to his line. Suddenly there is one 9 yards out, defenders in position and out he comes, clatters his own defender and punches down into the ground instead of wide, high and long. Some will point to two decent stops in the first half. That's all very well but his inability to command the defence is totally destabilisng. Bru makes a big difference and Douglas looked far more competent alongside him when he came on than he has when partnered with Skuse. Murph might just be turning a corner but he still looks only 70% of the player he was last year. Berra looking better. Great support, vocal and lively despite what I thought was some over zealous stewarding when we scored. Glad I went, was seriously considering giving it a miss after Blackburn and Hull.
Chambo's distribution was appalling. Knudsen just constantly caught out of position and Parr basically brushed off the ball too easily. We are too slow to move the ball and simply don't know the meaning of a swift counter attack. Murphy not at the races and currently the word lumbering aptly describes his form. For all his running, Toure has less end product than Lee Martin. Maitland-Niles is still lightweight. On the positive side, Bru will improve us, Douglas more effective without Skuse (but Skuse is the better player). Been to Blackburn and Hull and we have shadow boxed our way through both games. Tough times but will be at Forest on Saturday nevertheless.
Something isn't right. Either Mick doesn't think he is fit or he doesn't think his head is right. His comments on Douglas are just bluster. That central midfield partnership makes me yearn for the energy of Hyam ffs!
The Germans break with such pace and players move from defence into attack when the opportunity presents itself seemingly without exposing the side defensively. All about great movement off the ball too.
Who would have believed that these two players, our star performers over the last few seasons, are currently letting the side down so badly. Both are ponderous and their touch is poor. It was so odd to see Berra bullied by Rhodes physically and Murph plodding around looking almost lost. Every time Blackburn got the ball they broke with pace. Quite simply, we had no pace and it was embarrassing to watch
Much is being said of Berra's form right now. From the mainstay of the team, in the eyes of some his place is in question. The slip against Birmingham was unfortunate for me and he was undoubtedly caught on his heels for the second yesterday. However, if you watch the footage of that goal you may notice something I think is more telling about his current form and state of mind. Once the striker has beaten him, Christphe effectively gives up and stands still on the edge of the box. Had Gerken blocked it or the ball hit the woodwork etc, he would still have been nowhere near ready to pick up the pieces and clear the ball. I think that's very telling that his never say die approach just isn't quite there right now and something isn't quite right either physically or mentally.