Well that was a bit of a shock. Not so much the result, these things happen, no it’s the defence I’m referring to. To get caught square so often in a month of games would ring alarm bells, that many times in ninety minutes, that’s not good. Naughton, Vertonghen and Caulker all had afternoons to forget and Friedel looked several notches down from intimidating.
Whilst they galloped freely and breathed in the fresh air of unoccupied space, Varney and McCormack finished clinically and with composure either side of half time whilst at the other end we created openings with some slick and speedy football that might have been finished with similar alacrity if we’d actually had anyone plying a forward’s trade in our ranks.
No forwards and the squarest of defences. Once again, not good.
Whilst we can hope that the defensive frailties were just an off day, at the risk of getting buzzed for repetition Daniel, it’s not news that we’re struggling creatively in midfield and are short of firepower, the chequebook is the only remedy I’m afraid.
Adebayor arseing about elsewhere and Defoe being injured/suspended was the China Syndrome scenario, better that it happened in the cup than the league of course. Stroke your lucky cat’s paw or whatever it is you fondle to help bring you good fortune and wish fervently that Defoe recovers in time for Wednesday. He may not be the answer to all our striking dilemmas, he’s most definitely the best we’ve got though. Until Thursday evening at least.
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