Some truth in this.But we don't have the players to protect a siege mentality. Lampard isn't perfect and has made mistakes im sure so far, but what else could he do rahter than just shoving an 18 year old reece welsh on? Can take off attackers and put pure bodies back and literally play a flat 6 with a flat 4 infront, sure. But morre often than not, that ersults in a defeat anynway as pure pressure takes it toll.
Benitez' whole philosophy (if you can call it that) is about defending. He couldn't do it? That was every game under no pressure, with a wider selection of players to choose from. It's the same group of players, it's the same ones who have proven themselves not good enough. We sat everybody behind the ball pretty much. We had numbers. For the most part it was working afte rhalf-term, we gave them nothing, then a set piece goes in from a weird position and the players switch off. It was Benitez' idea of parking the bus every game that has got us into this mess, the players can't do it. We also can't go gung-ho for a third either because we'd have even less back who are capable of defending.
I'm all for accountability of Lampard, he is not a perfect manager, very few are. I can't see what else he could do with that group of players today. Mina, Godfrey, Keane, Patterson (Branthwaite too at this point) all out. Delph out, Allan nursing an injury alledgedly. Kenny on the bench, proven as awful. two teenagers from the u23s on the bench.
We have to limp over the line and then if something like this occurs next season, with Lampard's choice of defnders, midfielders, attackers available to him, then fair play. I'd happily go yep, have to question it. This group, most of them under several managers have proven themselves unable to do the basics.
As bad as Benitez was, and he was bad, it was no different for him either, the players were unable to do the basics of defending. Ancelotti got a tune out of some of them for a while, but that fizzled out as well defensively. We cannot be expecting, when things havent gone our way with decisions (farcfully) that these players will bail us out.
As effortful as the team has been in the past few weeks, and I dont doubt the effort today. Pickford is the one who has really put in this position with his performancecs agianst Chelsea and Leicester. It has paperd over the cracks that these defenders cannot defend. So it comes as no surprise today that even though we sat back with numbers behind the ball, there were still gaps.
yeah I'm not arguing that, it's a red cardEveryone goes there accident or intentional.
It's nothing serious my mate, but couldn't trust myself driving a 300 mile round trip but thanks for your sentiments. It must have been a hard decision not to renew, I did after much thought. So yes, it's all on Thursday. Third time lucky against Palace eh?Hope you get on the mend mate - never nice to hear of anyone not being too good.
I haven’t renewed so Thursday’s a big un in more ways than one - hoping we have it hostile under the lights.
No its not pathetic, its corrupt, and has been put in place as a safeguard for the glory boys if God forbid, the bent ref misses it in the 1st place!.
They review everything... everything. Which makes it worse.
Darren England decided himself it wasn't worthletting Oliver check it.
The whole VAR thing is pathetic.
yep, dust ourselves off and go again v Palace.Before this kicked off we needed to win one of the final 3 games to guarantee survival, one chance gone two left no point dwelling on it really.
So we agree, it's been one bad coach after another. If you can't coach a team on how to defend in the Prem. then ultimately you are going to suffer.
I agree about being short staffed today but it starts with the mentality of the players wanting to work for each other. You need the forwards, midfielder and defenders on the same page and defending as one unit. It's harder to do with 10 men but you simply don't leave Richarlison and DCL on the field when you go down to 10.
You then don't go three at the back if you don't cover the flanks adequately. You don't go three at the back if the midfield stands 10 yards from the back line and allows space between them. It's basic stuff at this level and Lampard did nothing to address either of these issues today. It's as if they don't train together.
yeah I'm not arguing that, it's a red card
I'm saying, the foul is exactly the same as what wasn't given to Gordon at Anfield. Hand on the back, trips him over.
Now Matip's one shouldn't have been a red because it didn't deny a clear scoring chance, but it's the same foul
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