Bill Posted July 2, 2006 Report Share Posted July 2, 2006 Too upset and drowning my sorrows to post last night, but thought i would pass on my thoughts about the whole World Cup Campaign after a good nights Kip. First of all the Squad, IMO this was the first and possibly the biggest mistake the manager made. Owen was coming back from a serious injury, and hadnt played in a league game since Xmas, Rooney also had not played for 8 weeks and didnt play until the last group game as a late Sub. Clearly both of those players were not fit enough for competitive World Cup Matches, and any one of Defoe, Bent, or Johnson should have been in the Squad, at the exclusion of Walcott who has never played for Arsenal, never played in the top flight at all, and was used once as a sub for 10 minutes. Disastrous Decisions. Secondly the Tactics, Before the tourny started i said in a post somewhere that if we dont fook about with all these crap 4-1-4-1, 4-5-1, or that stupid diamond shape, and just went out and played the English way, we would win this Cup. Neville hurt so Carragher fullback...thats fine, but why drop crouch to bring in Hargreaves as holding player..4-1-4-1.. next game all change, Carragher Dropped Hargreaves to fullback, Carrick brought in to midfield, again a 4-1-4-1. but with a ball player in, and an attacking feel about it. Next game all Change, Neville back in, Hargreaves not dropped but moved to holding midfield in place of Carrick who was the best player on the pitch in previous game, 4-1-4-1 same system, but now with a defensive mode showing through. Again disastrous decisions by the manager should have had the System sorted before the Tourny Started. Then we move onto THE game, we started off slow and got even slower felt sorry for Rooney, we all knew he was going to blow a fuse sometime, Lampard and Gerrard must have had orders not to cross the halfway line, cos every time time the ball was sent up to Rooney they where still in their own half, Joe Cole had a stinker, and Beckham was nowhere to be seen unless we got a corner or a free kick. So we go down to 10 men and what happens, we play better with 10 than we played when we had eleven, cos then the old Bulldog spirit came out and we played the English way, a quicker tempo plenty of spirit and fight but why didnt we do it when we had a full team. Again i think its the way the manager tells his players to play. Allardice, or Pierce would have had them playing with fire in their belly's. A this point i would like to say that certain players impressed me and didnt do their reputations any harm at all. Carrick. for his man of the match performance when he played. Hargreaves. for his performance yesterday, covered every inch of that pitch and has energy to burn, we obviously dont see enough of him in this Country to assess him properly. Crouch, i thought he played great when he came on, it makes you think what might have been, if Sven had stuck to the 4-4-2 and played with some passion instead of altering the system, and slowing it down to play their way. Lennon. Done more in half an hour when he came on, than Beckham has in the whole tourny. One final point..cant see why lampard was chosen to take the 1st pen, his Stats shows he had more shots than any player in the competition, but none of them on target. Having said that i would'nt blame any player who missed a pen, cos it should never have got to that stage, Like Alan Ball said before the game "AT THE MOMENT THEY ARE JUST GOOD PLAYERS, BUT THEY HAVE THE CHANCE TO BECOME LEGENDS IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL, AND IF THAT DOESNT MAKE THEM GO OUT AND WIN THIS GAME THEN NOTHING WILL." and they went out and played like a gang of old women. i cant believe their lack of passion. Sorry it was long and drawn out post, but now that the Tournys over for us, we wont get much chance to talk about it again. Licker. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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