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Far be it for me to try to cheer you all up, and as much as I enjoyed the last half hour and was a confirmed and lifelong Oldham fan by the end, but had Gerrard's screamer (that I told my daughter was coming real soon) gone in five minutes before the end, do you think the conclusions would all be the same?
It's a genuine question. These cup games are pure banana skins. Norwich lost to Luton yesterday, Spurs lost to Leeds, Chelsea nearly went out to Brentford. The opposition may be from a lower league but what they lack in skill they make up for in passion and adrenalin on the day. How many times has it been said "if they played like that every week they wouldn't be going down" or in that division or whatever?
The conditions weren't good, (although not as bad as the wreck Chelsea played on) and things didn't go right for you. But had Gerrard's shot dipped in or one of the other rebounds gone in, would the conclusion be the same?
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We can all play 'what if'.
What if Baxter hadn't tried to be clever in chipping Jones, and the other forward not missed his sitter, etc. Oldham seemed to have the clearer chances; Liverpool's were all scambles in the box.
Mine would have been Robert.
I think he made a mistake in selection and, had Gerrard got an equaliser, I would still have thought that.
I've been around long enough to know that, even if you pick your strongest team, these things can happen. It's just my opinion that he got it wrong on the day.
Fair comment Robert but for me it's clutching at straws. We were beaten fair and square by a team who believed they could win, defended like terriers and chose tactics which unsettled the opposition. No excused, it was a defeat and could easily have been five or even six three counting as a goal gerrards bar strike!
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His defending on the first goal was abysmal, his goalkeeping (Jones or Gulasci to the glass empty brigade) was shocking on the second.. His first touch has also been atroscious in the box today as well..
These are all PHYSICAL elements that say Sack Rodgers!
In more polite, sweet, and pleasant terms that won't make some cry, this is a shocking performance, AND credit to Oldham for their performance! This is why 7 Prem teams are no longer dancing, and 2 others took about 90"+ to get their way through..
(Just an opinion, this will galvanize everyone ahead of our league match, though that shouldn't be said, or needed)
psred..with u mate...the team selection and the way that selection blends and plays is entirely ENTIRELY down to the manager and if it isnt working adequately out there thehn he should DO SOMETHING about it ! Its his responsibility hes the one gives them tactics to play by and if they arent blending well and that set of tactics isnt getting the job done then its down to him to do something about it. But soon as I saw the selection I was uncomfortable with defense. Yes think if Gremio will cough up for Coates pull their hand off ...shame thought he had the potential but better to get something back for him asap before he loses all value like that feckin clown BORINI !
PS. another five stars for "cry so much, so often, so routinely, so categorically consistent and rhetorical"
Given that you post more than me and that I'm usually positive in my posts (even when I'm criticising) I thought that was spot on.
That was sarcastic by the way - but if you don't like it ...
Is it a poor team selection though? Or is that just in hindsight?
Those players should have been able to comfortably beat a team a million places below us in the league. I mean, apart from Wisdom and Robinson, they're all full internationals aren't they?
What we have learned is that Coates isn't good enough and if we can get 7 mil for him from Gremio, do it tomorrow!
For those that say Carra should have played from the start, isn't it obvious he will be picked against Arsenal and City?
I say this again - the players let us all down, Brendan played a team that should have battered Oldham. I'm not a yes man for him, but it proves the squad needs some serious additions to bump up the quality. Some of the those players were a disgrace! Do they want to be first choice or not? They need to ask themselves that I think.
would rather finish fourth than win a trophy?well we'd save on the fuckin brasso won't we?and the footballers wives can convert their husbands trophy rooms into walkin wardrobes cos all they'll need is a little black book with "finished fourth" on each years page.
They are called HONOURS, they acknowledge you were a winner. You and your team were better, tried harder, beat all before you to WIN.
You do not go out to come second.
In 20/30 years time will you remember who came 4th?
As a kid at school remember how we could all remember previous winners of the FA cups? but we struggled on the runners up?
You remembered the WINNERS not the losers.
If you do not want to win then don't fuckin bother entering.
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