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Saturday, May 07, 2005

The fat lady is about to sing.

Defeat has all but killed off our European hopes this afternoon. A poor first half performance and a not much better second saw 'Boro take maximum points. Citeh also beat Villa 2-1 and move above us on goal difference.

We are in this position due to numerous reasons. Today we failed to get behind the 'Boro defence. Kanoute was poor as was Defoe. It was a mistake to drop Keane for Defoe as we sounded better once Robbie was on. However we never really created enough chances for anyone playing up front. Mido came on and did nothing and people who still think Mido is ahead of Keane and we should sell the Irish man is an idiot. Referees poor decisions at Old Trafford also lost us two points. However it was the inability to beat the shit that came up from Division One which has proved our downfall. I'll write more about this later.

Well, like the headline states, the fat lady is ready to sing. She hasn't belted out her voice yet as mathematically we could still qualify but we now rely on not only getting a result next Sunday but also on other teams. If Citeh can beat 'Boro by a one goal margin (1-0, 2-1, 9-8) we need to ensure we beat Blackburn by at least three goals.

I will be there cheering on the lads as always and we just need to cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Whatever happens, we are greatly improved on last season. COYS!!!

15 Comments:

Anonymous Paul1965 said...

100%..right..again..lol
Poor game..but..WHAT A SEASON
Thank you Mr Jol for all you have done..made what could have been a struggle into a good solid season.
For the first time in a long time you can see that the players in white..do care !!!

5:45 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know if we have a chance of UEFA qualification via the fair league?

5:47 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous supsmu said...

Absolutely depressing. Raised our hopes and then shot it down to bits with a ridiculous display against Boro. What a crappy feeling.

5:59 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how Owls can turn there heads through a 360 degree angle ?

5:59 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shagging Hell... Why is it we never get much luck and everything always seems to go against us. You can guarantee next week will win 5-0 but Man city will beat boro 4-0 and qualify.

6:02 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

found wanting yet again when it really mattered, god do we need leader in midfield

6:12 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will happen if City beat Boro,say 2-1 and Spurs beat Blackburn 3-0.Both teams will have the same goal differance,what will be the next step to divide the two teams.

6:52 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a leader on the pitch..a dave mackay type charcter..a focus for the team,we dont have one

7:04 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we would go through coz we scored 1 more goal:)

7:06 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If gd is same as Man shitty at end of season it will go to who scored most goals.I think city have scored more.

7:39 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a joke why arent we in Europe ?? We should be beatin teams llike middlesbough !!!!
No change of attractin any top names, GUTTED NOW !!!

8:53 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasted oportunities all through the season has cost us dear. Progress has been made but with a midfield like ours we should not expect to much. On a positive note we could qualify through the fair play leage I have heard that it will be 2 out of 5 teams is this true????

9:12 PM, May 07, 2005

 
Blogger Paxton Road said...

Fair play league is not clear. I heard we have a 33% chance of qualifying through it.

We have scored more goals than Citeh and thus would go through if we had equal points and goal difference.

7:38 PM, May 08, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We played the better football against Boro has more poccession but have less shot on goal. Our lack of punch from midfield has been much debated and publicly acknowledge by Jol and statistics from the Boro match has been a clear demonstration of that fact.With Boro sitting back and our forwards back to goals, it is on the onus of the midfield to have a go.Despite the new found determination and steel with the carrick-davis axis;both individually excellent players, we don't have the sting to hurt the better equipped opposition.The combination coupled with the wide players we have ;Davies and Reid both not known to be trailblazers, we are a yard slower than necessary to open up opposition when we have more possession.
Also when the going gets tough, somehow you know we would look for leadership on the field that is non-existent.
I remember that great european run by Man u in 1999 and that great fightback againts Juventus in Turin.There was a particular moment at 2-2 that was absolutely awe-inspiring; (we know that Man U won 3-2 at the end).P. Neville lost the ball in midfield and Roy Keane bellowed his instructions and frustrations at his careless team mate.You can see how startled P Neville was and it must have kept the entire team on their toes when you have a captain that is a born winner.Not only that Keane knew instinctly the key battle in midfield that day was between him and Edgar Davids.and he took on that responsibility magnificently.
In the battle against quality opposition when there is a fine-line between defeat and victory,you need natural leaders on the field to dictate the morale and tempo of the team.Someone who knew the tactical battelines that decides between winning and losing.
We don't have that at the moment and if spurs and Jol expect that our current young guns would be able to take that mettle, I'm afriad we would hit a bottleneck in our development.
It is notable how Man U decline together with the aging legs of Keane.Or the less than consistent performances form Gerrard and Viera have led to less than statisfactory performances from Liverpool and Arsenal.Even Chelsea has suffered from lack of natural leadership from midfield at times, which admitably do not grow on trees.
Hijack Van Bommel at all costs please !

4:35 AM, May 09, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The week before, Liverpool scored against Boro with a long range shot when they find it so hard to breakdown their defense.
A fact that highlight our plight; I can' recalled when is the last time Carrick or Davis have a go from midfield.

4:57 AM, May 09, 2005

 

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