Well I called it, but the Cardiff goal came 30 minutes later than I predicted! First home game, no real threat on goal all match and a defensive error, compounded by crap keeping resulting in a 1-0 defeat!
England men? Dear God, if Parker and Green are England men, then we are in desperate trouble at international level. Tell me, apart from 2 yard passes, what was Parker's pass completion rate in this game? Every forward pass was overhit. He managed one cross onto the head of Nolan and apart from that, he was awful. His third touch is always an attempt to control the ball after his first two touches have allowed the ball to get away from him. Look at when he was clean through in the first half. I could have nicked the ball away from him his control was so poor. Look at the times he overhit his passes, especially when Noble tried to squeeze in. It was a great opening but Parker overhit his pass dreadfully. An England player my arse! A West Ham great my arse. An £8million man my arse. Worth £83,000 a week, my arse!
Then look at Green. His clearances were poor all match and as for the goal, well what can you say? He got two hands to it and still let it hit the back of the net! Crass. Crap. Another Green error costs us a game. But still the blinkered morons defend him like they idolise Parker. These two guys have been a major part of the problem for the last 2 years and I just hope and pray a chairman is idiotic enough to waste good money to take them off our hands!
Mind you, Green was only involved because of dozy arse Ilunga. The danger signs were there when Green headed the ball into touch 10 minutes earlier and the whole left side of our defence went to sleep as Cardiff took a quick throw. Where was Ilunga as the ball was carried into our box? Thirty yards behind the play, ambling as usual. So, for the goal, what did he do? Dwelt on the ball, lost it, tried to buy a free kick and gave up. The guy is a disgrace.
Mind you, we have to look at how toothless we were going forward too. Nolan barely featured. Piquionne deflected a great Taylor cross onto the post. Barerra made it too easy for Marshall after a Cole flick on. And Tomkins had a header cleared off the line that Nolan should have deflected in. But apart from that, what did we offer second half? We were dire because we have no creative flair in the team. Which brings us back to Parker! Did you see his pass into touch? Did you see the way Whittingham caught him in possession inside his own half and Parker responded by giving away the free kick? Did you see that break when it was 4 on four, Parker in possession and Parker ran, and ran and ran and then kicked the ball straight to Gerrard? England man? God help us!
Who played well? Taylor and O'Brien. And Tomkins and Reid, although once Cardiff brought on their big French guy, they looked much more troubled. Promotion favourites? We will struggle to make the play offs!
Player Ratings: Green 5; O'Brien 7, Tomkins 7 Reid 6, Ilunga 1; Sears 2, Nolan 4, Parker 4, Noble 5, Taylor 8, Piquionne 5. Subs: Cole 5, Collison 5, Barrera 4