Monday, November 25, 2013

The importance of arriving on time....

Wow!  Good thing that the Club was on time for our early morning start!  Some Spurs fans arrived a couple of minutes late and we got to regale them with the wonder of the Navas goal.  And what a goal!  Was he just lucky?  Who cares!  It was a thing of beauty.

Navas is turning into a real star.  The energy he is bring to the pitch is awesome.  I'm sort of answering my own question in the previous post about him vs. Sunderland.

The mystery is: how do we score 7 against Norwich, 5 against Moscow, 6 against Spurs, and get shut out vs. Sunderland?!

It's enough to drive a person to drink!  Good thing we meet in a pub!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Navas vs. Sunderland

When Jesus Navas entered the match, the impact was immediate.  He basically did whatever he wanted down the right side.  Almost to the exclusion of trying down the left, his efforts looked so good.  I lost count of the number of crosses he had.

But nothing came of it.  In fact (if memory serves me right), I don't think we had one on target chance from what seemed like a dozen crosses.  What do people think?  Was it poor crossing on the part of Navas? Was the Sunderland defense just too good in the middle?  It seemed like every one of the crosses went right to one of their defenders.

We also had 14, that's FOURTEEN corners.  And barely a good chance from any of them.  How can our set pieces be so poor?  It's crazy!  What do these guys do in practice if they are not working on set pieces.  After a while, we just gave up trying to put the ball in the box and set up short.

The good news is we have an extra week to work on it!  :-)

C'mon City!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Well that's a fine kettle of fish....

Wow, a team that scores a dozen goals in two games can't score one against a team at the bottom of the table.  Ouch.

Are they psyching themselves out on the road, or the fact that Sunderland have just owned us at their ground?  Or did these factors come together to make it so we can't score there.  At all.

The commentator pointed out that we've SCORED more goals they have have SHOTS on net.  And one semi defensive lapse is all that was needed.  Sigh.

To be fair, we didn't get much help from the man in black.  On the goal, Milner was clearly was pushed over from behind by the goal scorer, Bardsley.  And Sunderland should have been playing with 10 as Garcia was the recipient (for a change) of a tackle that should have been a straight red card, although not even a yellow was given.

But, we're not going to win games where we don't score at all.

And one thing is for sure: We can't blame Joe Hart.