|Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers|
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, 17th May 2020 Kick-off 15:00
|RBLOCKPAT added 23:17 - Feb 4|
RBLOCKPAT added 23:17 - Feb 4
snanker added 23:32 - Feb 4
MelakaRanger added 23:59 - Feb 4
We lost from 1 nil up against Wolves!!!! Even with 10 men we should have won by a couple of goals
After so much promise we again throw points away . No one can deny this is relegation form.
Barton is in no way a leader and he is part of 'our problem'
And Taiwo is flippin' awful too.
If we do not get 3 points at Blackburn then I reckon its 'curtains'
SomersetHoops added 13:05 - Feb 5
My concern is the way our midfield continues to give the ball away in dangerous places and Barton is the worst culprit for this. His play is lacking in accuracy and subtlety and I'm beginning to wonder if he has some kind of serious problem. He is certainly not the player we thought we had when he joined us. I thought he didn't really care, but I saw the anguish on his face after several of his many mistakes yesterday so I think he does. On the other hand he gives the ball away and does not seem to attempt to recover it which seems uncharacteristic. Something is wrong there and I hope MH is replaying these errors and attempting to deal with them. He may need some time on the bench if we can find someone to fill the gap.
The positive thing about the game was the return of Adel Taarabt who tried everthing he could to win the game on his own in the last quarter of an hour when he was up front. We expected great things from Zamora and I think when he has settled in he will be great. He got in good positions and looked good, but apart from his goal seemed a bit issolated after we were down to 10 men and particularly so in the second half.
Have we had our share of bad luck now or is there more of it to come? I was concerned that many of our fans thought, with our new team, we only had to turn up to win this game and I had hoped they were right.
I don't think Mick McCarthy could believe his luck in getting three points from this game which we were winning at a stroll until Cisse's moment of madness. We have the team to stay up now, but it will be incidents like that and Barton's sending off that will lead to our relegation unless our whole team get a grip and eliminate them from their behaviour and I hope Mark Hughes will stress that to them in the stongest possible way.
newgolddream added 13:37 - Feb 5
NorwayRanger16 added 14:24 - Feb 5
1. The injury to Frimpong.
Wolves and MM came with a very defensive 4-5-1 lineup, and was trailing 1-0 and not even threatened once up until the point when Frimpong injured himself when challenging Barton in the 24th minute. Being 1-0 down at this moment in time MM decided to put on Ebanks-Blake instead of an like-for-like midfielder and changing to a more attacking 4-4-2. The game instantly changed, Wolves got a foothold for the first time in the game, with two up front unabling us to dominate possesion and play the ball out from defence. The first bit of belief started to grow within the Wolves team.
2. Cisse's sending off.
At first I was furious with Clattenburg. But after thinking it through my blame started to shift towards Cisse. In my mind this is not a red card, but the problem is Cisse's actions gave Clattenburg an oppurtunity. By the letter of the law, when you raise your arms towards an opponent you can be sent off. Had Clattenburg used some common sense though, he might, as so many other refs, have settled for a yellow card. Roger Johnson was not getting anywhere near Cisse all game, he decided to make a totally unnecessary challenge with no chance of winning the ball, he wanted to rattle Cisse. And he got more than he bargained for with Cisse's stupid mistake. Now Wolves belief really started to grow, and they ended the half with plenty of encouragement.
3. Early goal in the second half.
I was eagerly anticipating what Mark Hughes had in stall for the second half. But his plans with ten men went out the window within two minutes. Barton gave the ball away and Young showed, like against Newcastle away, that he struggles one against one inside the box. From being a game with only one winner, this was now a game with another winner unfortunately. And Wolves were allowed to run it their way until they got the lead.
probbo added 16:02 - Feb 5
I like Luke Young but as with the away match at Newcastle, his poor defending led to the goal (in this case Wolves's equaliser).
And I just don't see Barton as Captain material - maybe he doesn't see it himself. Perhaps if was given to someone else he might start playing a bit better.
All thar said, i'm confident we will stay up. Cisse will hopefully learn his lesson, Zamora gives us a physical presence up front thats been lacking and Adel had his best game in months. Next week's trip to Blackburn has become a real 'six pointer' but i think we'll be ok. C'mon U R'ssssahhh!
Royboy48 added 19:55 - Feb 5
1) Too many new players
2) Not enough time
Nothing that happened at Villa midweek or W12 yesterday did anything at all to reassure me on either point
Stability, maturity, continuity and consistency do the job every time. I couldn't help noticing both Swansea and Norwich won again yesterday displaying these traits
In recent games the outstanding performances have come from last year's Championship winners Helguson, Smith, Buszaky, Kenny on Wednesday, Tarrabt yesterday. Shaun Derry for all his lack of pace did a great job shielding the defence from O'Hara, once he went off - you saw what happened.
How can Tayote, Daikate, Onuoha, Cisse, Zamora - that's half a team - be expected to forge a winning mentality, team ethic and reliable formation and tactics in 15 games - or 12 in Cisse's case?
Yesterdays game was a repeat prescription of so many games this season. We have the worst second half record of any Premiership club and suffer from a serious lack of on-field leadership. Barton and SWP both seem to have the demons of doubt on their shoulders, Luke Young looks exposed every time there's an attack on our right. Ferdinand is distracted by Terry according to both Sparky and Rio
Are there three teams worse than QPR in the Premiership?
How do get them below us?
In the immortal words of Matt Bellamy - Time Is Running Out
We need some luck and will probably have to rely on moments of individual brilliance recently shown by Buszaky, Tarrabt, Smith and Cisse
Don't think we can rely on teamwork.
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