So the side that picked the most first teamers came out on top (eventually) and if I tell you that we made ten changes from the weekend then youâ€™ll know it wasnâ€™t us. They played like evil ferrets on drugs, we didnâ€™t.
It was a pretty tedious affair most of the time, they tippy tappyed around when in possession whereas we could barely keep it when we had it. The BBC reckons we both had the ball 50% of the time which I find hard to believe. There were only two shots on target in the first 70 minutes or so, not exactly gripping stuff. Still, it was only when we conceded the two soft pens at the start of extra time that the tie totally slipped away from us. Itâ€™s a game of ifs and buts of course and if Lennon had done better when clean through on the keeper at 1-1 things might have been different, but he didnâ€™t.
Anyway, enough of that. How did the new boys do?
Sandrowatch had its moments. He played in the centre of the midfield mess in the first half and to the right of Palacios in the second Heâ€™s quick, especially over the first five yards and obviously not afraid to stretch his long legs into a tackle. He might as well reserve a locker now outside the FAâ€™s disciplinary HQ. Imagine a player even more defensively minded than Palacios and youâ€™ve got him. He went off soon after the start of extra time and we missed him.
Steven Caulker played the whole game and given the chaos going on in front of him a lot of the time did well. He played on the right hand side of the centre backs. He looked calm in possession and generally not out of his depth. He was unlucky with the pen I thought, the ref bought everything Chamakh threw at it.
Pletikosa had little to do until the last ten minutes or so when he showed some good handling and came off his line quickly. Good distribution. No chance with the goals. Looked a good alternative to Cudicini should the need arise.
More embarrassing than the result was the mass exodus after the pens went in, the place looked like the Emirates usually does after an hourâ€™s been played against Chelsea. Those who left early missed a defiant sing-a-long in the last five minutes, which is a shame as it was the highlight of an evening to forget.
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