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  • Colyn Colyn May 8, 2012 10:23 Flag

    FA Cup final in reflection

    I though we were absolutely shocking for over an hour. Losing possession far too easily and Chelsea were able to make in roads into our defense at will. Enrique was definitely exposed for the first goal and as you say Skrtel gave Drogba far too much room.

    Did anyone think that Reina might have done a little better for the first goal. Being beaten at the near post is a cardinal sin for a keeper.

    In short, and I've said it for ages, our midfield was and has been powder puff. There is absolutely nothing or no one in there that will impose themselves on the game. There's no leadership in there at all.

    Add to that the poor movement and we ran out of ideas just beyond the half way line. I lost count of how many times Agger brought it forward and didn't have any real options.

    The Carrol switch made the difference. Huge credit to him and to me it proves that a big part of his problem this season is due to our powder puff midfield and a lack of service. There have been Carroll issues such as a lack of movement etc. but he really went for it on Saturday.

    Evan after th swich we were really open on the break. Again the midfield not being able to retain possession and dictate the game sufficiently.

    A lot to do!!

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    • Yes I agree, Reina could have done better, it was a very soft goal, I wonder sometimes if Rafa used to have better goalkeeping coaches!

      The midfield is our biggest problem, out wide and in the centre, yes, over the season we have created chances but a lot of those have been speculative and half chances rather then clear cut sitters. Honestly, I hate using United as an example but when you see someone like Valencia burst down the wing then not hit random crosses but come in of the line and hit slide rule passes for tap ins, it does make you wonder why we dont get these kind of widemen.

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      • Probably because finding them of the right quality is difficult and it dictates that you play in a certain way, which certainly wasn't Rafa's style. I don't think we've fully seen Kenny's vision yet.

        I'm a firm believer in a dominant midfield. Dominate that area and you will dominate the game. History backs me up with the most successful sides (including us) having the best central midfield. Sounessa, Whelan, McMahon and Molby, Keane and Scholes, Petit and Viera, Xavi and Busquets just to name a few. I've listed the midfiedl as central pairs but within each of them there is a clear leader that dictates the game and the way a side plays.

        We've sorely missed Lucas this season and I hope he recovers well and soon but we still need someone alongside him as he will never be that dominant player that we need. I don't see anyone alse at the club that can do the role either. Adam doesn't seem to have it, I thought he might but there's no evidence of it. Gerrard doesn't have the discipline to play the role and after that there's no one. Henderson has got a lot of developing to do to grow into the position for sure.