re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread - Van Persieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I feel a bit embarrassed that we beat the Mackems tonight, if anything they deserved the win with all of the chances they created. We were very lucky not to conceed from the rebounds involving that scorching free kick and the Rose long ranger. Can't feel too sorry for Sunderland after they missed so many guilt edged chances, although our first goal was probably offside.
I thought that O'Neill's CB pairing of Kilgallon and Cuellar looked poor, Killa basically compromised himself with that pointless early booking after being easily turned by Holt. The ex Villa man Cuellar wasn't so brave with his pathetic attempt to thwart Pilkington before he scored our second. Gardner basically ran the midfield in the second half, I really like the look of him, would be a definite upgrade on Bradley Johnson because he can actually shoot. Was glad that Fletcher went off because he's actually dangerous in the box, unlike scummer Wickham.
Rating for our lot:
Bunn-6 Had a really mixed game overall. Some excellent work mixed with a couple of dodgy mments. I wouldn't blame him for the goal, unless you want to moan at him for only being 6 feet tall. I think he might have even got a touch on the free kick that hit the post.
Garrido- 6 Has some real class on the ball but lets too many crosses in for my liking. When he was high up the pitch and tight to his man he won a few tackles/blocks/interceptions, which suggests that he prefers reading the game rather than having wingers run at him.
Bassong-8 The machine. So many vital interceptions and didn't display his recent dithering on the ball. Excellent reactions for the goal.
R.Bennett-6 Made some really solid blocks although his starting positions could be improved.
Whittaker-5 Poor passing and beaten far too easily on a regular occasion. Snodgrass and himself should have done far better for the goal. Comical dribbling into central midfield was risky. Makes good runs going forward. Would look excellent in a 3-5-2 as a wing back.
Pilkington-7 Very dangerous. Took his goal well and worked hard defensively. Needs to be more consistent throughout matches, but when he's in the game he tends to be unplayable.
Johnson-6 Like Bunn, a really mixed bag. Made some brilliant tackles only to give the ball away almost instantly. Excellent assist for Pilk's goal. Needs to stop trying taking on everybody in the final third when a simple pass would do.
Tettey-7 Worked like a trogan. Tackled hard and was always available as an outlet on the counter. The Sky comms mistaked mistaked him for a CB at one point and it's easy to see why. A real box to box performance.
Snodgrass-6 Showed some decent touches and kept the ball well without creating much. Needs to offer Whittaker better protection.
Hoolahan-8 Brilliant, just brilliant. He was absolutely everywhere with some great defensive work around our own box and as usual was the one to keep things ticking.
Holt-6 Bust a nut for the cause winning a fair amount of headers and did well close down the Mackems, especially Mignolet for Snodgrass's chance in the first half. He needs to improve his decision making in the opposition's area though.
E.Bennett-6 (on for Snodgrass, 77 minutes) Actually provided some width unlike Snoddy, probably something to do with being right footed? Put in a couple of teasing crosses.
Howson-N/A (On for Hoolahan, 88 minutes) Not on long enough to rate.
We were fantastic for the first fourty minutes but fell away after that. Still, we did what we had to do and that's all you can ask for from a team like ours. An excellent result all things considered and we even scored twice, so that's progress. We're now 9 games undefeated in all competitions and have 16 points from the last 8 league games which is Champions League form (I'm not deluded enough to think that's where we will finish). A drastic improvement from 3 points in our first 7 league games. Well done Hughton, the staff and players for the huge turn around.
Last edited by Andre; 12-02-2012 at 04:06 PM.