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Liverpool v Southampton Your Report added at 09:53:41
A good performance in parts but also the same lack of urgency and risk. Strangely we play a similar style to Liverpool in terms of the press but lack the explosive pace when turning the press into attack. I use the word strangely because its not as if we don't have the pace?
Totally agree on Walcott, he offers little in terms of improving what we have and although he is on a free his wages are substantial. I also believe that Tella shows we have talent in our youngsters.
Who else could shine given a chance. We paid big money, by our standards, for Diallo who doesn't look like a PL player at present & Djenepo still doesn't look like a PL player. My point is we are spending big money on players from sub-standard leagues but not giving our home grown a chance.
Very slight rant over COYR
Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers Your Report added at 20:07:18
Pretty good game, crowd was excellent from the start!
Could & probably should have scored more, defended very well with JWP playing excellent at RB!
Privileged to watch Grealish who is Villas May Le Tiss although whether he is good enough to keep them up in not sure!
3 points now for West Ham
Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers Your Report added at 21:22:41
Quite simply we lack the ability to break down teams who sit deep!
Boufal was & is the only player we have that can go past players in a tight space and his injury made their defending easier, as we seemed to run out of ideas.
Because of the way we generally play we end up hitting long balls at a defence that thrives under this style of play. They in turn move the ball forward quickly to fast and eager strikers.
Armstrong, Boufal, Stephens & only because of the goal, Ings were the only ones who performed to any level today.
Ralph needs to revise tactics against teams who play this way of we are to progress.
Also Adam's is unlikely to show much improvement with roughly six minutes a game!
Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers Your Report added at 20:19:24
Very good performance particularly first half. I thought JWP made a good fist at playing RB. Liverpool were trying really hard to expose his lack of pace with countless balls over the top for Robertson to chase.
The fact they didn't score from any of these, although they got behind us a few times, is testament to good defending.
Unlucky with the first goal but maybe a bit of a mental pause, hoping for the penalty, was our downfall. Second goal well worked, after another long ball clearance & from there Liverpool took over, we pushed forward looking for a goal and left gaps that their pace exploited quite easily.
No shame losing to this Liverpool side but we will miss JWP's influence in midfield on Wednesday if he is forced to play in defence again.
As an aside I loved the Lovren song, even if it was a bit strong considering the amount of kids at the game!
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