pezza20 wrote:We had a game plan, but when that plan fails plan B is to throw on 3 attacking players and leave the midfield wide open.
Obiang, despite not having a great game, was left totally exposed, Kouyate asked to play tight back when he's a centre back, Reid missing 2 crucial tackles but blaming others around him, Cresswell holding hand swith three other defenders when his player out wide was totally unmarked for the third.
Honestly our defending looked like the defending I see at 10 year olds matches, everyone attracted to the ball and ball watching. Look at our reactions to theirs for the second, 3 of their players could have tapped it in before any of ours reacted - Reid just watched Matip, who he had been marking, waltz past him and slot it in.
Up until the first goal, which in itself was a joke, we had done what we set out to do, stifle them and almost scored with a rare breakaway from Ayew, but once 2 - 0 down there was only going to be one outcome, and this is where we've lost our playing identity. We are just an awful, uncohesive team, lacking confidence and not doing the basics right, like putting a shift in.
Couldn't agree more. A lot of the defending is amateurish at best and by players who should know better. All of them didn't cover themselves in glory and just embarrassed themselves yet again.
I think I know what the defence needs but it needs the right players back to fix it, or at worst to make it a damn sight better than it has been. We desperately miss Collins at the back. 2 week International break should hopefully see his return to the fold. I'd swap Ogbonna out in a heart beat because he simply doesn't instill any confidence in him and everyone around him looks and plays uneasy. Take the easy Cheltenham/Bolton games out of the equation and he's been part of a tonking in just about every single one this season. Thing is, up until his recent inclusion again we had got a grip on the defence keeping a manner of clean sheets or at worst conceding 1 goal, only to revert back to type the instant he's reinstated. That cannot be a coincidence and the manager and fans alike can't continue to turn a blind eye to his headless chicken ways. Decent Header, sure but that alone can't be enough. He's one of the worst ball watchers around who can't play responsibly. Lost count the amount of times he went running off in to midfield (sometimes with success like today granted) but many other times this season he's left gaping holes in defence having missed the ball and player he was supposed to clean out. For a defender, his tackling and reading of the game generally isn't good. I said it was silently killing Bilic as he's his trusted man at the back but he's been his most consistent weak link at the back who often is part of drubbings.
The other major bug bear of mine currently in defence is Hart. Now I know he had a very good game against Palace (bar the suspect soft equaliser he has a habit of letting in regularly) but I'm sorry, Bilic should have stuck with Adrian after he produced a great display in goal against Spurs and the Team were buzzing off their nut with him a big part of it. It was the perfect opportunity for Bilic to recall him for the League to breed further comfidence in a fragile defence and to take Hart out of the constant spotlight having conceded a **** load of goals. Cresswell and Reid bith have their issues but they are also just about the best we've got and are experienced old heads which is vital now in our position, who also do have it in them to find form again.
Fernandes should his inexperience big time and was shocking. Didn't do a thing right and even got overtook by slow as arseholes Noble tracking back for their 1st when he sold himself short initially. We dearly missed any of Zabaleta/Antonio/Byram in his place instead.
Obiang and Noble were both utter dogshit today which also compounded the problems as the game wore on.
The formation and plan was working for us in general play prior to their 2 sucker punch counter and corner goals in quick succession which was frustrating as we looked like we were competing well and a cats whisker away from going 1-0 up ourselves before they then did so themselves. How's ya luck.
The thought of Moyes by the way brings me out in hives and truly hope the Board don't go down that route. On so many levels it's wrong.
I still wouldn't ditch Bilic just yet although he's wearing my patience thin and especially if Moyer is the answer (1 relegated a Team last season and the other 1 kept a side up and pulled away from danger remember) but if the inevitable was to happen, the one I would pull out all the stops for which I've long banged on about and that's Howe. Again he's proving he can get Bournemouth out of the drop zone and would fit us we as a Club and a calm influence to steady everyone which I feel we badly need. I really do rate him. The other logic to that is it would also instantly weaken a direct rival down there. It would take a **** load of cash and convincing by the Board to do it but it's not impossible if they truly want him. I think if they know whats good for them and they go for it, I'd wish Bilic well and make it happen.
The wildcard option would be Di Canio if all else fails. I know, I get it, he's a total fruitloop but I also feel he would be the kind of maverick leftfield appointment that no one saw coming that would suit us right now in what we need. Even on a temporary basis. We lack fitness? He's going to be the man to sort that out. Get an instant majornreaction from all the players and not suffer fools gladly? Again I personally feel he's be ideal for that. He's regimented, extremely disciplined and what he says would go. Yes there's a big risk as he could upset some players but for me I feel somemofmthese players at this stage need a few home truths and it certainly couldn't get a lot worse than it currently is. Plus, relegation doesn't bother me half as much as it would the Board so even if he was a total disaster, oh well. It'll certainly be entertaining to watch it all unfold and I personally feel he'd pull off a few surprises along the way. He proved that saving Sunderland from relegation against all the odds, so imagine what he could do with the Club he loves most here. Most of the crowd would be absolutely buzzing with anticipation and would feed off his antics on the touchline.