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I was very nervous going into this game (predicted a 2-2 draw, unusual for me when I'm nervous, usually not so generous). Newcastle on a high from beating the chavs...new players revving them up and the fact that they beat us with old players on opening day! They were nowhere near the team that played last week (and even then gave us a run for our money).
So, yet another "not-so-great" performance by us and yet another victory (10 games on the bounce and no losses, I think).
Positives...GB was his usual marauding self...funny though, I think their keeper might have done better on both of the goals he scored (certainly the wall should have helped on the first one)...the second one went through his legs after being left wide open...but Bale didn't go for the far corner, more kicked it at Krul than anything. The save he made at the end seemed a much tougher proposition.
Aaron Lennon - I saw the Mighty Mite make about 4 clattering stand up tackles on various Toon players...and get back to support the defense on numerous occasions. Not a lot going forward, but did everything else right.
Holtby - once he gets his shooting boots on straight, he'll be Mega!. We could have been 3 up on his missed chances alone, by the end of the first half!
Daws - saved our bacon more than once with his blocks (got a bit unlucky with their goal and the deflection away from Lloris).
The rest...defense was up and down, at times stretched and shaky, other times impregnable...we definitely benefited from the Toon lad that went off injured...it didn't look like much, hope he's alright. On the other hand, how the hell did Dembele (more on him in a minute) carry on after that "red card" tackle from Cabaye? Well, he did eventually go off hobbling (we're falling like flies!)
Parker was lively, but wasteful; Adebayor gives us a better target up front than Dempsey, although Dempsey didn't do too badly (still not quite there and surprised to see him go the full 90 after a World Cup qualifier in mid-week...in which, he scored). Hopefully Ade brings his A-game to the next fixture as I'm sure he'll start.
Enjoy it whilst it lasts, Bale is prone to dipping in and out of goal scoring form, whils...
Enjoy it whilst it lasts,
Bale is prone to dipping in and out of goal scoring form, whilst he's in that type of form and whilst Defoe is injured and Ade is finding his form, we need to be grateful of the goals we get, no matter the source.
It will be interesting to see AVB's choice, if/when we have a full selection of players, mind you that may be some way off~!
Rambro- I can just about remember being 21 and although it was a lot of fun at times, it can be quiet a difficult time. On one hand you are an adult and you're expected to behave as such, yet many people persist with talking down to you and treating you like a kid! It was a confusing time for me, I hope your kid realises how lucky he/she is to have someone like yourself to ensure they are ok. At 21 many parents have washed their hands of any responsibility.
Why did most of America want the 49ers to win? I know historically they are a big team, is that why? I tend to side with the underdogs, so I was rooting for Baltimore. Why are there so many fat American Football players? surely they are athletes (they're paid like athletes) why don't they look/behave like them?
Rambro, Difficult one to call. Are we scoring less? Is Daffy going off the boil the result...
Difficult one to call. Are we scoring less? Is Daffy going off the boil the result of not having a provider? If at the end of the season we still have three or four players chipping in with 10 or so assists and a couple getting 15+ goals...
JL I hear you about the Bale show...unfortunately that's what it is at the moment. Als...
JL I hear you about the Bale show...unfortunately that's what it is at the moment. Also, while he's brimming with confidence he won't be laying many chances off to teammates...comes with the territory I suppose.
SB - Thanks for asking about my kid - seems to be turning the corner (it took, in part, me scuttling his trip to Vegas with me, for his 21st...that and a few other things).
Grid Iron - well as most of my years in the States have been spent in New Jersey, the Giants have always been my team...but as I live in Maryland now...Baltimore County in fact, it was hard not to get swept up in SuperBowl fever like everyone else in the city...so I was backing the Ravens all the way. Good game - I think the Silly-cone Valley nerds knocked out the power grid with a hack - wink...but it didn't work. Everyone but the City of Baltimore wanted the 49-ers to win; and had I still been living in NJ, I probably would have too! (Lastly, if Beyonce's half-time show didn't knock the lights out, a few piddlin' floodlights shouldn't!)
I thought that we started really brightly and played some better, quicker football with m...
I thought that we started really brightly and played some better, quicker football with more movement.
To me, Parker had been pretty poor compared to last season, but he seems to be growing back into it.
As you say, Lemmon looked good and his defensive work rate was there to be seen. Shame he doesn't demand the ball more.
Bale - what can you say? I love it when he scores, but I'd like us to be more than the Bale show. If for the remainder of the season he can turn provider and get Ade/Dempsey/Holtby/Daffy on the end (as well as still scoring a couple himself) - I think I'll be happy - as I think we'll need another player hitting scoring form if we're to see out the season in 4th (or above?).
No matter whether AVB is liked or not, the team under him are now getting results - the last minute leaking of goals is gone?
I thought the comment about not giving us any pens was a bit harsh, so I investigated, and...
I thought the comment about not giving us any pens was a bit harsh, so I investigated, and it turns out you're bang on right!
http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/premier-league/elfmeter-startseite/wettbewerb_GB1.html - this has tables of most penalties given and conceded, as well as converted, by player as well as team, etc etc etc.
In fact, let's turn it into a game: 3 teams haven't conceded a single pen this season, can you guess who? And 3 teams haven't been given a single pen this season, can you guess who? Even seeing the table it took me a while to work out...
To be honest, Dembele seemed a bit foolish playing on as he did (or tried to, before he got hauled off) - there were 10 mins left, we were winning, and he'd quite clearly been hurt, potentially dangerously. That said, 100% respect the way he handled it; totally professional and 'constructive' (i.e. trying to play on and paying absolutely no attention to how the ref dealt with Cabaye, as well as graciously accepting his apology both at the time and as he was taken off) - top pro, top role model, top man; other players (for other teams and one or two of our own) take note!
I think Bale's a great player, but I'm well sick of hearing the praise being laid on him - when he scored the first one the commentators said something about how AVB didn't celebrate much because he must expect him to score! I reckon our strikers would be a whole lot higher up the golden boot table if he didn't play so selfishly. I'm really looking forward to Holtby adjusting to the league and the team more, I think he might impact that dynamic somehow.
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