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This is a serious reply - not just aimed at you.
Surely any team that a manager puts out he 'expects' to win? I would hope that MJ never put out a team that he thought would lose,nor HR. They might have put out a team not caring toooo much if they won or lost, but not to intentionally lose.
So given that the 'manager' puts out a team - if 'anyone' beats that team, isn't it a legitimate victory? It would seem a bit churlish saying '...but that was only our U18 team...' or whatever.
I hope that I would never use such an excuse if HR put out a team that was beaten by some Div 4 team. If he put the team out, it should try to win.
Following from that - it can't also be argued that 'age' is the issue - as ability on the pitch ain't nowt to do with how old you are - although I would agree that experience does help in certain circumstances.
So, all in all - we did win that one.
John, what would you like to say about this weakened side fielded by Spud at WHL against S...
John, what would you like to say about this weakened side fielded by Spud at WHL against Shakhtar Donetsk in last season's UEFA Cup despite been 2-0 down in the 1st leg?
Spurs (4-4-2): Gomes; Gunter, Huddlestone, Chimbonda, Gilberto (Bostock, 77); Giovani, Palacios, O'Hara (Parrett, 71), Bale; Obika, Campbell
Subs not used: Jansson, C Butcher, Smith, Mason, Townsend
If my memory still serves me well, Spud had a bigger fish to fry back then - RELEGATION DOGFIGHT.
NOW, compare the above team selection against the team played 3 days later after the Shakhtar match against Man U in the Carling Cup
Spurs (4-4-2): Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon (Bentley, 102), Zokora, Jenas (Bale, 99), Modric; Pavlyuchenko (O'Hara, 65), Bent
Subs not used: Alnwick, Gunter, Huddlestone, Taarabt
OR 6 days later after the Shakhtar match against Boro (a more or less EPL relegation match)
Spurs (4-4-2): Gomes; Zokora, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Palacios, Jenas (Huddlestone, 64), Modric (O'Hara, 73); Pavlyuchenko (Bent, 53), Keane
Subs not used: Cudicini, Chimbonda, Corluka, Bentley
Fact of the matter was, Arsenal fielded a 2nd string team against your 1st team because we set our target much higher than the Carling Cup.
You won alright. And well done too. I would rather not go too far down that road John ...
You won alright.
And well done too.
I would rather not go too far down that road John myself, i have my biased thoughts on that game but i'll refrain from any more comment to myself in the interest of sweet harmony.
I was merely pointing to a GREAT game originally, solely because Yahoo had chosen to include it in their top 100.
I wasn't having a dig.
Not long before our respective teams meet again chaps!
Get this poxy international out the way asap as far as i'm concerned.