You can be on top in a game as much as you like yet without the steel to see out the game, to see the opposition off, the superior score line will not translate itself to the pitch and you'll be as vulnerable to conceding a goal than if you were 5-0 down.
Five points needlessly dropped at home now and I start to think of all those seasons where we were nine or ten points from qualifying for the Champions League. Its not so much what Moyes has done that gets to people, its falling short of what he is/ should be capable and today's story had its all to familiar ending.
Shoddy defending for both Villa goals and its not difficult to see what was wrong. You never give up, you never relax, you never take a breather in the Premiership. At least that's the difference between the best teams and the rest. And I am not happy at being the rest.
In the lead, all square or behind, its all the same. I don't know what the answer is, but someone needs to step up, not just be a leader, but show what it means to win. I only hope Moyes isn't giving it the 'well done' treatment in the dressing room because these dropped points will probably hurt us at the crunch.
Nick Entwistle, Posted 10/09/2011 at 16:57:13
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1 Posted 10/09/2011 at 18:11:32
2 Posted 10/09/2011 at 18:16:54
3 Posted 10/09/2011 at 18:26:38
Neville in the holding midfielder role for me could be the answer.
4 Posted 10/09/2011 at 18:24:54
Velios should have started FFS. Every other premiership manager makes his subs at the same time as Moyes... Only difference is that it's to waste time or kill off the pace when they are WINNING!
Two words I guarantee you'll never hear used together under this management "Inspired" & "Substitution".
5 Posted 10/09/2011 at 18:26:17
6 Posted 10/09/2011 at 19:00:41
If he started with Velios, and the experienced & fresh Dunne had him in his pocket, people like Wayne Mcnee could easily find fault with that too.
I thought Moyes did well with his subs today, as they injected some energy into our attack. If Given had palmed Velios' shot into his own net, inspired it would have been. Velios needs to learn how to walk before he can run.
7 Posted 10/09/2011 at 19:06:10
8 Posted 10/09/2011 at 23:12:46
The majority of time the manager puts them in from the start, lets them run on adrenaline and the occasion and again in the majority of cases pull them off after an hour or so, totally knackered but job done and a hard 70mins workout of the type you can't get on the training ground or gym under their belt.
But not our Davy.
Now in FM world, bearing in mind all of the above, In would go Drethe, Strac and Vellios in a 4-4-2. But with only 3 subs maybe not in the real world and deffo not 4-4-2 from our boy Davy.
It's all abit TOO avante garde for Davy, but to be that far the otherway is just taking the piss.
Setting Big Eck or any other manager problems to keep him awake at night he isn't.
Just how many Villa fans turned up? At 33k it looks like 10% have already voted with their feet.
And no fuckin wonder.
As to the on going defensive frailty, I have always maintained that the game is both won and lost in the midfield, individual cockups and slips not withstanding. A leaky defence is due to a lack of protection in front of it... hmm, maybe that's why Davy plays all these holders, 4-5-1 or 4-6-0.
I just think that a change in emphasis and attacking intent might help solve all, well some, of our problems.
9 Posted 11/09/2011 at 00:05:42
So what if thet 'only' got a scrappy 1-0 win from a mistake.
It was a win and all the debutants had a run under their belts.
10 Posted 11/09/2011 at 00:55:50
Everton were very good today, trying to play on the floor. Also noted Vellios did more in ten minutes than Anichibe in his career, so much more mobile.
I was quite cheered up by today's game.
11 Posted 11/09/2011 at 01:48:31
How many times now in the last 4-5 years have we mullered Villa, yet end up drawing or losing, they are by far the most poxy team we have to play.
12 Posted 11/09/2011 at 01:51:49
Still not convinced we should have kept Jagielka he is all over the place, and is putting too much onto Distin to cover for him. I felt we had too much space between defence and midfield in the 2nd half, maybe we should have put Neville in their to shore up.
Bily needs to be shipped out in January just not good enough imo.
13 Posted 11/09/2011 at 11:52:18
14 Posted 11/09/2011 at 15:09:22
They have benefitted from refs, since the 70's
And before, just to name one, a certain welsh prick called Thomas.
It will be interesting to see if the authorities take action, but don't hold your breath.
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