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  1. Friedel

  2. Walker

  3. Gallas

  4. King

  5. Assou-Ekotto

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  6. Modric

  7. Parker

  8. Sandro

  9. Bale

    0 vote(s)
  10. Van Der Vaart

  11. Defoe

  12. Lennon

  13. Rose

  14. Dos Santos

  1. Mr Pink

    Mr Pink SC Supporter

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    +58,056 / 822 / -269
    I do get you're drift Shelfie, but we created far more at Norwich away before we eventually scored. Even in the first half we were looking very dangerous and had several good chances.

    I just don't see them as similar performances whatsoever.
  2. EastLondonYid

    EastLondonYid Well-Known Member

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    +5,604 / 199 / -92

    How did Gallas come out with any credit? Qpr didn't offer much but when they did venture into our half Gallas hardly looked comfortable, Parker and Luka had so much of the ball as Qpr sat off them,but they failed big time to effect the game and almost sent me to sleep, another poor day at the office imo with no one deserving more than 5 out of 10.
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  3. sloth

    sloth Well-Known Member

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    +7,063 / 170 / -64
    Just a few things to say about the game, first is to echo what others have said about Ade and Saha being injured, once that happened it was always going to be an easier afternoon for QPR.

    The second is to point out that it doesn't make any difference how you set-up your team to play if the players haven't been taught how to make the most of whatever system you use, yesterday we saw 4-2-3-1 first half, and second half 4-4-1-1 and looked ineffectual with each. Partly that was confidence - which fell off a cliff once they scored - partly it was tiredness (more of which in a bit), but also you can tell we're not really 'taught' how to make the most of whichever system we play. Yesterday we were marginally more dangerous/creative in the first half than we were under 4-4-1-1, but in both halves the players were too content to play the 'seemingly' easy lateral ball, because those were the areas QPR were content to allow us space in. So we had the sight of the ball travelling through three or four players from the left flank to the right flank, and then back again. Movement off the ball can be instinctive, but also it can be taught, we know the likes of Mourinho spend hours on these kinds of drills, Rodgers is another one who spends time on this aspect (unsurprising I guess, as he trained under Mourinho), Wenger's teams are all about movement off the ball too, however according to past and present players, and others who've worked with Redknapp he doesn't really believe in complicating matters in this way, he thinks success is all down to the quality of the players you can afford to buy, and that somehow quality is simply god-given; he's hit on a truth on both counts, but only a partial truth, which is that true quality needs to be developed, and even great players can be made better or worse by their manager.

    Related to this, but a slightly different slant, is Redknapp complains he doesn't have leaders, and as we know likes to buy experience, and believes it's the mentality they bring to the squad which is their main asset. I think he's right, but it's interesting that whether it's Adebayor, VdV, Kanu, Neville, or Gallas they learned their trade under top managers, so perhaps what he's really buying in, is what he can't instil himself? Phil Neville, for instance, is a player of limited ability who thanks to SAF has made the most of every ounce of what he has, and that mentality he has, he's brought with him from his Utd education. Redknapp isn't, and never has been a proper coach, he's a curator, rather than an artist/craftsmen.

    I think he also suffers from his lack of education, if he can't read well, write, or do maths, it's very hard to think methodically. How can he keep abreast of the latest in nutrition, in training methods? It all becomes instinct - very important; without it you're Comolli and that's far worse - and common sense, everything complicated becomes a fad, stuff and nonsense. Planning is for mugs, put out your best team every week, get them fit pre-season (and getting fit means in the old-fashioned way; I read a fitness expert the other day who's path had crossed with Redknapp's in some capacity, bemoaning Redknapp's methods and his lack of understanding when it came to the latest thinking), and deal with injuries and tiredness if/when it happens. Keep it simple, and if the worst happens it happens, that's life. this is what people have been going about since October when we said there needed to be more rotation and more thought out rotation. We needed key players fit for the whole season not just the first two thirds (we saw what happened to Villa under O'Neill for instance; it's like leading the London Marathon for 18 miles and then collapsing - possibly there are a lot of runners who could do that, but what does it prove?). By more thought out rotation, I mean one of the issue you find if you favour thirteen players over the rest, is that when you call on the rest they haven't developed the mentality or the understanding with the players they're coming into play with. Playing a wholesale second team in some competitions is useful in terms of developing a nursery team, but you also need to tweak your team week in week out in a less wholesale way, like SAF, Mourinho, Lambert and Rodgers do, so the fringe players like Sandro, Livermore, Kranjcar, and even Gio slot into the main team as and when, so they know how to play with the main team, and the main team knows how to play with them.

    All of this sounds a complete character assassination or Harry, but it should be put in the context of where he stands in relation to his peers. He is one of the country's best managers, and he gets the game is essentially a simple one, and he also understand the important qualities in a way many others don't, he may not be very good and instilling them himself, but he's found a way around that by using the transfer market. He's great at picking a team and making them feel they're world-beaters. All of this takes you a long-way, even to CL qualification, but just as the likes of O'Leary, and Avram Grant are not great coaches despite success in getting to and playing well in the CL, neither is Redknapp. To take an analogy from F1, Massa nearly won a WDC, he is not a bad driver, he's better than virtually everyone else in the world in fact, but relative to his peers and the car he was driving he's not of the top-level. Harry is Massa.

    On the upside we haven't failed, and we may still get CL, but I am looking forward to getting the new guy in (my prediction is it will be Rodgers), and seeing if we can start getting the most out of our squad.
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  4. Wheeler Dealer

    Wheeler Dealer Well-Known Member

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    +4,559 / 551 / -205
    Obviously got a shit hot agent...

    He is cringeworthy, both his appearance and self belief that he was such a great player.
  5. stevenqoz

    stevenqoz Well-Known Member

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    +403 / 54 / -3
    Cluttered in the midfield.....Modric and VDV taking each others space....Harry unfortunately in a spiral of continually second guessing himself. Playing in front of opposition, little penetration, failing to make the most of getting wide and to the touchline (again). Possession without purpose and Gallas the only leader on the pitch. Hughes would have said to his side. Ok, where is their goal threat gonna come from today? He would have instantly crossed Sandro and Parker off the list. He would have mentioned our top scorer Defoe but would have noted we have hardly got a pass to him in a month. He would have pointed to Bale and said pressure him...VDV and Modric....let them have it on half way they won't score from there....the whole of our defence? A no score unit. Lennon ....he is getting splinters in his bum because Harry has forgotten why we we were good when we were good.
  6. Bus-Conductor

    Bus-Conductor SC Supporter

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    +47,708 / 2,264 / -669

    An absolutely cracking post which articulates an unnervingly accurate understanding of the situation.
  7. yanno

    yanno Well-Known Member

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    +2,078 / 31 / -14
    It was obvious without Ade and Saha that we needed a plan either to put Defoe in (on the deck) or to get him dragging their CBs away for the club's best finisher, VDV, to find space in front of goal. Wide players getting to the byline and crossing low would also help, although as others have said because QPR refused to push up, this was always going to be tricky.

    Anyway, the only hint of a tactical masterplan I spotted was when Modric hoofed it long a couple of times in the opening minutes, presumably with the intention of getting Defoe in behind QPR's back four.

    That plan was quickly abandoned and since our wide players refused to stay wide to stretch the pitch, Defoe became a total non factor.

    Redknapp has managed Defoe on and off since he around sixteen years old. He knows the strengths (shift and shoot) and the weaknesses (pretty much everything else) of his game inside out.

    Was he really relying on a flash of inspiration from Luka or Rafa to put Defoe in? Did he tell Lennon and Bale to stay wide to stretch the play, or did he allow them freedom to go wherever they fancied? It looked like the latter, as if he'd simply said "You're triffic players - just go out and play".

    Or, as per his notorious instructions to Pav, perhaps his instructions were even more banal: "just go and run around a bit".

    Early first half, there were some shots of Sherwood up in the stands barking down his mobile furiously at Bond on the touchline. Sherwood quite probably had spotted either a problem, or something we could exploit tactically. Whatever it was, it didn't seem to get through...
  8. tototoner

    tototoner SC Supporter

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    +15,677 / 619 / -176
    Our best player at the weekend was Steven Pienaar
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  9. ultimateloner

    ultimateloner Well-Known Member

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    +898 / 243 / -16
    If you dont look at the game but look at the season as a whole 5th is probably reasonable. We've had our moments but we need bale/vdv/adebayor to be on song to win, and 3 players won't carry a team into CL. What's upsetting is the way we are throwing this away. Another is King/Gallas decline. No longer fit to lead (still reliable).
  10. tommyt

    tommyt SC Supporter

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    +3,963 / 75 / -43

    It's probably just wind....;)

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