Monday, 24 May 2010
Another Small Step Towards Winning The World Cup
It certainly wasn't a brilliant performance and, first half, we were very strangely stretched, but in the end we ran out comfortable winners against a decent Mexico team. I heard before kick-off that West Ham had released Franco. Why for pity's sake? Look at the way he turned King in the first half - the guy has class. Sign him up for another season.
But back to England. I hate to say it, but we looked so much better second half with Carragher on the pitch. I didn't want the cheating Scouse traitor brought back into the fold but, on the basis of tonight, he is worth his place in the team, never mind in the squad.
That first half was poor. Carrick looks out of his depth and we saw tonight how much we miss both Lampard and Barry when they aren't playing. I know Hammers fans will make the case for Parker but I have always maintained that he lacks the vision and class for international football. The decision not to use him at all tonight suggests that Capello has reached the same conclusion. Is Huddlestone the answer? I'm not sure about him either. Personally, I hope Barry is on the mend!
Rooney had a quietish game which, given the result, is good news because it shows we can win with our genius playing as an ordinary mortal. Crouch again showed that he adds a certain something to the mix. Yes he looks ungainly but, say what you will, the guy is amazingly effective. Never mind his handball offside goal, he set up our first superbly.
Not sure about King based on tonight's performance, and Rio looked all at sea, but how much was that down to a midfield unit that were misfiring and looking like they had never set foot on a training pitch together? Second half, the midfield played much better as a unit and, as a result, we looked so much more secure at the back. Unlike Green, Hart didn't really have a save to make. That said, I felt much more comfortable with Hart between the sticks - he exudes confidence and was bossing his defenders, giving them verbals throughout the second 45; unlike Green. Yes Green made two very good saves but Mexico didn't test him on crosses (why didn't Franco tell his team mates to crowd Green at corners?) and there was that one awful moment when that shot straight at Green rebounded off his chest into the middle of the penalty box; he was so lucky there wasn't a Mexican on hand to stick that rebound away.
Johnson was excellent going forward and scored a brilliant goal; Baines looked ordinary sadly. Walcott flickered brightly at times but his final ball was invariably poor and his decision making was often flawed. Lennon looks the better bet to me. How quick did he look when he burst through to win that free kick? In the World Cup proper, Mexico would have had two players sent off, one for that foul on Lennon and the other for the foul on Gerrard.
Overall, it was an average performance but we still won 3-1. This is becoming a very refreshing habit!
Posted by Hammersfan at 22:18