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Any difference between them? Maybe it's just where their team position in the Premier League table, besides that both have been failed to secured a winable fixtures into the grab. More worst to us, Big Sam and his “lazy” squad totally awful, disintegrated and showing no passion once again.
“We picked a side to live with the tempo we knew they would try and play at, and simply from start to finish we didn't manage to.” Allardyce said, quoted from SkySports, “We gave away too many silly free-kicks, and conceded a goal which could have been avoided.”
It was Alan Smith silly challenge who starts the process to the only goal at JJB Stadium. I think Smudger misjudge Big Sam's instruction to play as usual and not worried to do any tackles, but forget to think which one is necessary and was not.
It's also interesting to examine Shay's current performance. Many of goals he conceded recently was come from a dead ball set pieces and long shots. Is he still good enough to be United's number one or should we recall Harper at Stamford Bridge?
Our defenders are also have the part in any goals we conceded so far, but in my honest opinion, some of them were the one that Given usually did successfully to save. I also noticed one situation where he does look panic and almost made an own goal.
“There was the same amount of chances for both sides, but the free-kick turned it in Wigan's favour in the end.” Allardyce added more, “Wigan worked hard, and didn't allow us to play, but when that happens you have to roll up your sleeves, use your skills and brain power to overcome that, and Wigan were very good at that. I can't knock them for that.”
From the fans perspective, Allardyce tactic was again the same thing as he always did so far this season. Emre was playing too deep with only Geremi (?) providing a little attacking support with Milner and Duff wide. Viduka cutting a lone figure up front.
We just didn't have any creative ability in midfield to distribute the ball to the wide players on both wings. And we still don't have anyone with the pace to follow up the attack. The plain facts are that things are simply not improving, and following a spell where the crowd appeared to shock at least some of the players into taking the situation by the scruff of the neck, we seem to have slipped back to where we were a few weeks ago.
I only can hope they lads will stay on focus and not conceding too many against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the weekend and at least give us any dignity to end the first period of this season.