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FA Cup Third Round

St Andrew's

7th January

Attendance: 14,594

Referee: Mike Dean

Colin Doyle     Dorus De Vries    
Jonathan Spector     Richard Stearman    
Curtis Davies     Roger Johnson     35
Liam Ridgewell     49 Christophe Berra    
David Murphy     Stephen Ward    
Wade Elliott     Michael Kightly    
Jordon Mutch     69 Karl Henry    
Guirane N'Daw     82 Eggert Jonsson    
Morgaro Gomis     Stephen Hunt     69
Nathan Redmond     Sylvan Ebanks-Blake    
Adam Rooney     Kevin Doyle     74
Jack Butland     Wayne Hennessey    
Steven Caldwell     49 George Elokobi    
Marlon King     David Edwards    
Jean Beausejour     69 Steven Fletcher     74
Keith Fahey     82 Emmanuel Frimpong    
Nikola Zigic     Matthew Jarvis     69
Callum Reilly     Kevin Foley     35
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Date:Saturday January 7 2012
Time: 3:10PM


Just read MMs comments on the match was he watching the same game as me, he thought SEB had a good game what caught ofside to many times and missed an open goal.Doyle ran around alot but with no end product thought Kites had a decent game and Jonsson did quite well. But to be truthful we were playing an average championship side and it was embarassing to watch hard to know who were the PL team.I am a fan of MM but sometimes i think he is blinkered as to how good some of these so called PL players are because after that performance they should be ashamed to say they are.
08/01/2012 11:53:00
It was a nothing match in what has become a nothing tournament for PL clubs, especially for those at either end of the table. Although it was difficult to pick out individuals on the murky screen, it was still clear that neither side was going to lighten up the game. SEB missed a sitter and Jarvis and Fletcher were thwarted by Colin Doyle in the Birmingham goal. That was it really. Next week it will count!
08/01/2012 13:36:00
...but will we be counting the points, Southbank? I see the possibility of WW become a binary team, to coin a phrase. Either 1 or 0 points. Not until the entire system of play is reviewed and its faults corrected can a change be brought about. But for that the faults must first be identified and then admitted to. It is no use drafting in new elements in a basically wrong system. So I cannot be impressed with the signing of any PL player, whoever it is, Kia. Apart from Hennessey, and Fletcher and Jarvis to a lesser extent in degrees,we cannot boast of any.
08/01/2012 16:20:00
LovesW: that what worries me. I want Mr. Morgan to spend some money to bring in quality players, but will it be wasted, given the set-up at Molineux? I know I am hardening my attitude against the present coaching regime but I really don't see how the people involved can get us out of this mess.
08/01/2012 16:48:00
Now, now chaps. It's this kind of defeatest talk that will have us relegated.Binary team?Hats off, lovesW,as the coining of phrases go, that's up there with the best of em.As for the managements ability to compute a turn around in fortunes,well i'm pretty sure it isn't going to involve the addition any new software on the coaching side and not a great deal on the playing side either.... “I don’t expect there to be a huge amount of players around and the ones that are will be expensive to buy and to employ because it’s a time when prices go up,” said McCarthy.That quote was tied in with a story about £50k a week wage demands from certain targets. It does suggest, at least by implication, that the summer window is the better time to be involved in the pursuit of players.January is a bit late in the day to be deciding that January isn't the best time to try, i'd have thought.At any rate, I agree with lovesW; I don't think it matters greatly whether we do sign new blood or not. I don't know how the style of play can be addressed when we don't appear to have one. I think it's now blatantly obvious to most that we are now a 'long ball team'. I can't imagine that the players would, game after game, decide to launch it high and handsome without MM and TC tearing them a new one, had it not been an instruction from them in the first place. That suggests , amonst other things, a complete lack of faith from all concerned in the players abilities to play it up the park.When things started to go sour (from the second half at Villa Park onwards) the ball has progressively spent less and less time in our possession on the turf, and more and more time in the sky.The almost inevitable loss of possession that results from hoofball immediately puts us precisely where we know we can't be...on the defensive.Before the season started i'd have thought 'winning' a point at WHL was a brilliant result. I still do.A defeat wouldn't be a disgrace, it would be expected, so the fact that we are getting desperate for any point shouldn't change the realisation that Spurs are expected to do us.We're now two wins (and two Albion defeats) away from 15th place, so it's probably safe to say the relegation scrap is upon us.It seems strange to think now that the win we registered at WHL in our first season back came as a result of an early goal from Doyle and an unbreachable defensive display for the rest of the match.As long as there are three teams worse than us, is the only thing i've got left as far as positive thoughts go.There are currently four and until that changes I believe Morgan would consider it job done.
08/01/2012 17:09:00
If you get a minute, take a look at the match report thread on the E&S site. Scroll down to post#80.
08/01/2012 17:58:00
Just read it, A4D and I agree. Where the others have failed, MM has kept us up. He has got the experience now, SM knows it, MM will stay on, and WW will not go down. But since you now put me in the defeatist category, I will accept it, since I am not one to take the trouble of rejecting accusations, and it would serve no purpose anyway - so I accept it, the eternal optimist accepts it, and the reasons are precisely the ones you mention, starting from ' when it all started to go sour' through to the very end: no ball possession, hoofball, on the defensive, relegation scrap upon us. Right. So the two of us would be defeatist on this score, on the style (?) of play, but not otherwise, for I say that MM will do it again, I have never called for his head, somehow he will do it again. Now some other will brand me illogical, apart from defeatist, but I will accept even that. For it IS illogical. Hoofball + M square = Survival.
08/01/2012 19:48:00
The opening line of my post concerning 'defeatest' was ironic, lovesW.Banter aimed at kia and SB, in the main.Just to reiterate, I don't think whether bloggers hail or condemn MM, will have any bearing whatsoever upon events.Just wanted to make that clear to kia and SB (should they not have picked up the irony, either). Therefore please dismiss 'will have us relegated' for the same reason.I'm convinced(unlike others) it won't be your fault if we are.
08/01/2012 20:22:00
E = MC squared [where E means end of PL status and M means Mick and C means Clipboard]
08/01/2012 20:30:00
I should have explained the equation. It's the Theory of Relativity, in which teams which have relatively poor coaching teams and a policy of giving relatively little money in signing-on fees and wages struggle to survive in the PL.
08/01/2012 20:48:00
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