Saturday, 6 February 2010
Time For Zola To Go
That's it. Today was an absolute disgrace. Burnley outfought us and outplayed us for 65 minutes of the match. For the first fifteen minutes, we hardly touched the bloody ball. We needed to put them on the back foot early doors, but instead, despite going 4-4-2, Zola went into the match with a safety first team, packing his midfield with grafters with no thought as to how we were going to create any openings. The fact that Ilan was his third choice of the new strikers, and promptly scored, says it all. Zola does not know his arse from his bloody elbow.
Everything tactically is wrong. Fair enough he wanted to reward Spector for two good performances, but by teaming the Wank with Collison on the left, he again set up without a left footer in the team. How were we going to progess down the left flank on that basis exactly? Meanwhile Behrami, Parker and Noble in the centre offered lots of huff and puff but no creativity whatsoever. Parker gets the ball and runs until he loses it. Behrami gets the ball and runs until he is fouled or falls over. Noble gets the ball and plays long aimless balls forward. Our ONLY creative option for most of the game was Faubert, a natural wide player playing on the CORRECT flank! Stanislas came on and offered width on the left but EVERY time, he came inside onto his right foot, losing all momentum from the attack because he does not trust himself to cross with his left. I don't like the strategy at the best of times, but without a LEFT FOOTED LEFT BACK OVERLAPPING ON THE OUTSIDE, it is absolutely absurd. But Zola knows best, Zola plays Spector on the left even though he has Ilunga on the bench. That is stupid. That is the only word for it, STUPID. Not naive, STUPID!
Today Zola went head to head with Brian Laws and Brian Laws outwitted him. How embarrassing is that? Laws wouldn't have been able to get near Zola on the pitch, but in the dressing room he is the better man: he picked the right team, employed the right tactics and motivated his team to play from the off, rather than wait for 60 minutes to tick by first. Tell me, why were we obviously more urgent AFTER Ilan's goal? Where was that passion, determination and drive in the first half? Tell me, why was Ilan the last throw of the dice rather than the first? Tell me, where was Diamanti? Tell me, why hasn't Stanislas even been tried on the right? And tell me, with Faubert looking impressive, why wasn't Ilunga sent on, Spector moved to right back and Faubert pushed forward with instructions to play high and whip in crosses? Tell me, why did it take Zola SO LONG to make a change? Tell me, why did we have to go two goals down before we saw Stanislas as a more attacking option?
We are back in the bottom three and after the next two ABSOLUTELY MUST WIN home games, we face away trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd. It is looking bleak, very bleak, with seven points surrendereed in the last three games. Tell me, why were Cole and Parker left out against Blackburn?
Hull City beat Unreal City today, playing with a team inferior in natural talent to our own. But Phil Brown is a motivator and cuts his suit according to his cloth. Zola is a dreamer and a complete jester tactically. We played like we had a right to win the game today, not as if we had to battle to win it. That is down to poor management. It is time for Zola to be shown the door.
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:49