Intimately, gets the most from them, real time in game instructions etc etc then a debacle like yesterday leaves you very exposed
The Benitez /Moyes approach is supposed to manage risk and priorities taking care of business against bad sides at home.
So many gripes to pick through but the main ones for me would have been:
1) total lack of bottle, 2-1 up with 12 minutes to play, ship 4 goals at home to relegation fodder. Tactics can contribute, but there's a fundamental lack of bravery, desire and commitment there that's the very least you could ask.
2) Failure to sub Rondon. I mean, it's all been said.
3) Subbing our best performer on the day in Gordon. I get the formation change, but this could have been achieved by subbing either Townsend or Gray. This was all compounded by the bullshit insinuations in the post match presser, it was something like 'you [the media and fans] don't know everything that is going on with the players....Gordon doesn't have 90 minutes in his legs'. Rondon doesn't have 10 in his legs but got the full 90, Gordon was still moving better and quicker than the rest of our team when subbed.
4) Subbing Gray for Iwobi.
The lions' share of the blame for yesterday is firmly on the same spineless shithouses that have been letting us down for years, but the manager underperformed as well. Instead of saying as much, he gives us defensive bullshit and deflection after the game. It doesn't encourage me to think he'll learn anything from this. No doubt we'll have more stories in the press this week from his media buddies about how other people in the club aren't performing, as we've seen after every defeat so far this season. Benitez has done quite a few things better than I expected this season, but his reaction to our setbacks has been exactly what I feared it would be so far - blame throwing and defensiveness. In terms of results, I said a few weeks back when everyone was raving about him that I thought his performance was par for the course given the fixtures we'd had; Man U was one in the gains column, QPR in the negatives. You can add the last two games to the negatives. Slightly below average overall score from me now, which puts him ahead of most managers since Moyes, admittedly. While we're still well ahead of where I feared we'd be with him, (and despite what a number of fans around me were saying yesterday), we're nowhere near sacking territory on the grounds of results yet. However, the new manager bounce looks to have worn off and with DCL out for a long spell it could be a long run to Christmas. The fixture list is less forgiving from here on in. Judging by the mood and the comments being widely thrown at the dugout yesterday, if we hit a poor run of form Goodison will be toxic for the team and especially for the manager. Brace yourself for fun times ahead.
Not the order of the scoring, but just the complete inevitability of continuing to ship shit goals. In that one we were actually 5-1 down very late on before two late goals meant the scoreline failed to represent just how shit we'd been. At least we had the excuse that Les Ferdinand ran riot that day, rather than Josh ####ing King!
can anyone think of one worse given
1 the position of the game at 78 minutes
2 the quality of the opposition