Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Manchester Lions 3 West Ham Christians 0 - Even Michaelmas Owenus Scores!
Well we arrived at Old Trafford with Diamanti when what we really needed was Androcles. I warned about the consequences of entering the arena with the wounded lion and so it proved. In the end, 3-0 was an injustice to Emperor Rooney and his Praetorian Guard.
We could complain about the way we started the second half, with the Mancs passing the ball around us as if we were bollards before Park hit the woodwork, and how, in the remainder of the second half, it looked as if they were toying with us, less a roaring lion devouring a Christian, more a domestic cat playing with a mouse, but, in truth, there was nothing we could do. Manchester United were, quite simply, a class apart.
It is pointless to look for explanations beyond that. On this showing, if Cole is a World Cup striker, then Rooney is the greatest player the world has ever seen; if Behrami is worth £15m, then Scholes, even at 35 must be worth half a Ronaldo; if Diamanti is a genius, then Valencia is Newton, Einstein, Hawking and Pele all rolled into one; dear God, if Upson is an England player then so is Wes Brown! We even made Gary Neville look like a viable alternative to Glen Johnson for South Africa! Thank God that Giggs was injured!
Poor Spector was undone badly in the second half. Arsenal and Chelsea will be coming at us down that flank now. Upson and Tomkins battled manfully and Tomkins made another brilliant challenge on Rooney in the second half, as did Upson. But where were our centre backs when Rooney headed the second? Behrami looked bemused, having run half the length of the pitch to find himself in splendid isolation in the middle of our penalty box! And it was reassuring to see that we remain a charitable organisation for Michael Owen. Why break the habit of a lifetime eh? Make way for Michael Owen and lay out the red carpet all the way to the edge of our six yard box!
To grade individuals on this showing seems unfair. Spector tried so so hard and made three brilliant challenges but he was murdered in the second 45, with no protection offered by his midfield. How do you rate Cole, Mido or Franco? The ball they received was so slow, so telegraphed, and they were so outnumbered by the time it got to them. That said, they looked laboured when they got it, especially given Wes Brown was one of the markers. Yes you expect Vidic and Evra to present a challenge, but Neville and Brown? Well I suppose they are defensive giants in comparison with Carrick and Fletcher!
The best moment of the game? When Noble was tackled by the corner flag! That, I'm afraid said it all! Goal difference back to where it was before the Hull game; which is why we should have shown more urgency when they were down to eight and a half men!
One last thought: we matched the result achieved by the might of Wolves Reserves! We came, we saw, and we were conquered!
Posted by Hammersfan at 21:57