A SPECIAL SOUVENIR CUP PULL OUT EDITION
Neil, Rob, Mike, Gibbo, Jim, Kris were joined the The Redmen’s Paul Machin and The Farm’s Peter Hooton.
All safely back and cured of hangovers, the lads look back at our first trip to the new Wembley, what worked, what didn’t, who played well, who floundered and who drank what as well as looking forward to hosting Arsenal at the weekend.
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This conversation reminds me of the scene in “Mike Bassett” where Mike listens to the fans as he gets on the coach, they point out the failure of 442, Mike listens intently then tells them to fuck off. I was impressed with Cardiff’s cohesion around the box, some of their movement was a pleasure to watch. We on the other hand seemed all out for individual glory. Enough said about Enrique, but Suarez ignoring Bellamy, Carroll passing forward to Suarez and then standing watching as Suarez does what he always does, win a seemingly impossible ball, only for Suarez to look up and find the six yard box empty of red shirts. Yes, Gerrards shooting was woeful, but playing in that position and having to make sixty yard gallops to enter the fray must have taken it out of him. All in all, not one of Kenny’s best days. Thank goodness for Kuyt (never thought I would hear myself say that!)
Thanks for the pod. Quality. It’s true about Carroll – stood watching while Suarez crossed that ball. Take a gamble, big man, get in there and see what happens, FFS! Hope he got absolutely bollocked for it.
What is it with us having to go a goal down in finals? In fact, of the 8 goals we have scored in the last 3 finals only one has been scored in the first half (if you don’t count Carra’s OG).
Anyway, we pulled through ok, as we usually do. And just think, if we can play in that shape and still win finals imagine how well we can play when we get it right. :)
Excellent pod, keep up the good work boys.
It was a good spectacle, but it only highlighted the weakness’s within our squad and the failings of Dalglish/Camoli in transfer market.
It was Dalglish’s first final and it’s a great achievement in first full season, but he was set on playing his major signings to either prove they can win a trophy, or hope they finally come good in a final. It was the decision to leave Kuyt and Bellamy and on the bench which made it look like hard work and could have cost us. Ok Kuyt came on to score (a very scrappy goal), but given the importance of the match we needed our most experienced and energetic players to start.
I disagree about Carroll, I thought he had a poor final – his first touch was once again poor (he seems only able to score with one touch drives at goal), his movement was terrible and for a man of his size, his ability (or lack of) to hold the ball up is often unbelievable.
Kuyt has a history of scoring important goals and I’m sure would have found himself on the end of one those Downing crosses.
Henderson was useless! Not totally his fault – playing him out wide renders him useless (why Kenny?) – We had one of best wide-men in the country sat on the bench.
The match was perfect for Bellamy: His first final, vs Cardiff for his boyhood club! – Not one player pressed or tried to link up with Suarez and drive forward as a unit. Bellamy and Kuyt are great at that.
Given the amount of chances and breaks forward we had in first 30 minutes, it would have been game over if they were on the pitch. Steam rolling a Championship team from the off.
I don’t understand the Dalglish philosophy of leaving Kuyt and Bellamy on bench, containing or… waiting to see if we have a lead, then bringing them on to try and win a game at 70 minutes!?!
Dalglish’s success came by steam-rolling teams from the off!
Where it all goes wrong is Gerrard and Adam in the middle, this does not work! They were both looking at each for the goal, neither want to play a defensive role and neither can – this means both often end up covering each other in their own half – playing far too deep. Gerrard kept picking the ball up from our back four and trying move forward – That’s the last thing we want to see of the best attacker in the history of the club – This meant Suarez was too deep searching for the ball. Adam/Gerrard is all wrong – Gerrard leaves Adam to cover in defence – Adam rarely ventured into his own half for Blackpool!
Great we won, but it doesn’t cloud same league position which cost Rafa his job.
This podcast is outstanding. When is the next episode out?