Monday, 19 April 2010
Liverpool 3 West Ham 0 - Lacklustre? Meek? Try Gutless, Spineless and Complacent!
Tonight said it all. Ahead of today's game, a work colleague, who has watched every minute of Liverpool's season, told me we really had a good chance of winning. When I laughed, he insisted I had no idea how badly this Liverpool team were playing, how disinterested Gerrard was, how inept they were up front without Torres, how slow they were at the back. Go for it, and you can win, he asserted.
Go for it? Did we even come out of the changing room? This performance was as shameful as any we have put in this season. There was one tactic only, lump the ball forward to Cole and hope. Zola, the professor of beautiful football? Don't make me bloody laugh! Do you know, Kovac played one completed forward pass in 90 minutes? That was two minutes before the end of the game and the ball was returned to him and he promptly lost it and Liverpool went on the attack.
Did any of Stanislas, Noble, Kovac or Behrami once get into the Liverpool box? How on earth are you going to score a goal if you don't even get players into the opposition box? Can you remember one occasion when a midfield player broke beyond Cole? Can you remember Ilan getting into the box even? Dear God, can you remember one cross into the box that wasn't a pass to Reina? How many attempted crosses were simply thudded into a Liverpool defender standing five yards away? Did you see that Stanislas corner?(Our only corner?). Not only didn't it clear the first defender, it barely reached him!
Behrami was in the team to protect Spector. Kovac was in the team to protect Upson and Da Costa. Noble was in the team to protect Kovac. Stanislas was in the team to stop Noble taking set pieces. Ilan was in the team to...I'm not really sure why he was there! Cole was in the team to collect long lumps and shoot hopefully. Shameful, gutless, a surrender from the off!
And at the back? If Capello watches this back, Upson can kiss goodbye to South Africa. Upson or Dawson? After Dawson's performances against Chelsea and Arsenal and this showing of Upson, that's like asking champagne or dog's piss! Upson was at fault for all three Liverpool goals - he was truly dire! Da Costa tried but he is not yet a Premiership defender. Spector tried but he will never be a Premiership defender. Faubert tried but he is not even a defender.
This performance reminded me so much of Newcastle last season. There was no drive, no creativity, no bite, no organisation. This was a surrender, pure and simple.
And things were summed up for me when Gerrard fouled Behrami about 10 minutes into the second half. Liverpool were winning 2-0 and coasting but Gerrard turned on Benayoun and chewed him off for not chasing back. Where was that anger in the West Ham team? Where was that passion, that commitment, that leadership? It wasn't there, anywhere on the pitch. Upson is a joke as a captain and, a few Noble tackles apart, there was not even a spark, never mind a fire in the West Ham bellies.
The performance, just like at Arsenal, stank of complacency. "It's ok, we will beat Wigan and Hull won't collect 7 points". Well playing like that, we won't beat Wigan. And watching that, Hull will feel inspired.
Anybody still defending Zola after that performance needs his head testing. Liverpool treated the first 20 minutes like a pre season friendly and never had to get out of second gear. It was so so so so easy. We played like a team going down and I'm coming round to the opinion that relegation is exactly what we deserve: the management, the players and, sadly, the fans who have been every bit as complacent as the players all season. Get your heads out of your arses and face facts. Zola is hopeless!
Player ratings: Green 6; Faubert 5, Da Costa 5, Upson 1, Spector 5; Stanislas 1, Kovac 2, Noble 5, Behrami 4; Cole 5, Ilan 4 Subs: Franco 5 (McCarthy and Daprela not on long enough to rate.)
Posted by Hammersfan at 22:12