Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Through In Second - Which Is What Capello Deserves!
So, the United States goal means that we are going through in second place - which is exactly what Capello deserves. The decision to send on Heskey and Cole for Rooney and Defoe says it all. We played for a 1-0 victory against a European minnow; tell me, how were we going to score a second without any of Rooney, Crouch or Defoe on the pitch?
The BBC pundits are talking up the performance today but, in truth, we were never much better than modest. Yes there were four or five good passing moves and yes, Rooney and Defoe missed two sitters, but we created just the three clear cut chances in the whole game and Solvenia had their opportunity to score. In fact, apart from an excellent last minute tackle from Upson, I think they would have done!
Capello backers will point to the fact that Milner created the chance and Defoe scored, two good Capello calls, but I will point to the fact that Lennon was preferred to Milner for two games and that Defoe was anonymous for most of the game. Lampard was again average at best, Johnson struggled for pace a couple of times, Barry was ordinary in the extreme and Upson, that one tackle apart (and one excellent pass) was poor. Thank God James was in goal, I wouldn't have fancied Green with all those divots in the penalty box!
We saw in flashes what the players are capable of but it was not the great performance that Shearer and co are trying to suggest. The very minimum expectation was qualification from this group. The terrible truth is that we have finished SECOND behind the United States. Second behind the Yanks. Second in Soccer! That is a disgrace. Some will present Capello as a tactical genius. I think he has failed dreadfully so far!
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:49