by Magpies | August 30, 2008 11:57 pm
Strange one. If we’d played like we did at OT against Manure we’d not have been outclassed. KK said before that game that he’d got the lads to believe that Manure weren’t infallible and it worked.
At the Emirates, we were flat footed, never really got going keeping the ball and overall were outclassed by Arse who were obviously stinging from the Fulham defeat plus had talisman Fabrigthingy back.
There were only glimpses of Arse pretty stuff yet each time it totally bamboozled us.
So that three goals that (on a different day) might not have happened so I suppose we (and KK did) claim some bad luck. The fact that Arse missed 4 more and Shay made 3 or 4 top class saves means luck might not totally be he cause.
Overall too many players had an off day. Jonas put a good shift in (again) on the right. We were exposed on our left several times – Enriques 1st game for a while. Bassong did better when he came on – great hopes for him.
Taylor and Collocini were overrun at times. Butt or Guthrie never got into the game consistently. YMO looked rusty. Shola looked rusted up totally but kept trying (in an exception the one when he blocked Owen’s goal – Ed.) while Zog was alwasy outnumbered with Barton came on and had a fun couple of minutes.
Overall a fair result I suppose and good evidence that we need a few extra bodies. Ashley over to you mate.
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