Tuesday, 26 October 2010

League Cup Conclusions from West Brom

West Brom.
(HT 0-1)
Shorey OG 54

Cox 22, 90
Tchoyi 62
Reid 80 

  • Boing, boing. Baggies, baggies. West Brom looked alright. Even when we pressed and pushed forwards they were assured, balanced and solid. It is no fluke that they are currently holding their own in the top flight, and fair play to them. They made their chances pay and, with a bit of class from Simon Cox, made the result look good for them.
  • We need some 'oomph'. It took a goalkeeping howler to see us ultimately lose this match - only after Logan's error did the floodgates open - and that can happen at any level. Alas, today we didn't do quite enough, but that for long spells during this game we were on top, pushing forward and pressing hard, is a credit to us. West Brom are not the sort of side that turn up to matches thinking 'oh, it's only so-and-so, we should win this', rather they will be as geared up for an away trip to Leicester as they would be to Anfield or Old Trafford. They didn't create many chances and made us pay when they did - that we made lots of chances and failed to capitalise is our own fault - and that is the difference between the Premier League and the Championship. We need fire-power up front - fast.
  • We still need that run of form. And it's hard to see where that next win is coming from.

Lloyd Dyer
When Dyer he plays well, he is quite simply awesome. As he breathlessly strides forwards at bullet-speed, darting in and out of defenders, it is always exciting to watch: you never know, he might just score again. That he got injured is a great pity, as this was a game in which he was set to make his mark after another darting, mazy, pacy run from the wing.

Paul Gallagher
To use that old footballing cliche, at the end of the day Gallagher kept us in the game. He had a solid game overall, perhaps revelling in the opportunity to play against a Premier League side. Certainly, without him the scoreline would have been a lot more embarrassing (I'd have given the goal to him). Gallagher needs to step-up and be the big player we know he is. Perhaps the tide is turning now.

Miguel Vitor
After his position was questioned in the past few days he stepped-up tonight and perhaps was the difference between 4-1 and a few more. Certainly, he made himself known going forward and he was also an assured presence at the back. A good performance overall from the Portuguese.

Franck Moussa
Back on form.

Leicester City Football Club / The Carling Cup
Tonight was never meant to turn-out like this. We're a struggling team in the second tier and they are over-performing at the top level. We should have been the team putting a few past them and continuing our cup run, a dreamy win at Old Trafford to follow and ultimately a trip to Wembley perhaps. West Brom spoiled that pipe-dream with solid, consistent finishing. That you can create all the chances in the world and not score for the majority of the time is what often sees teams relegated. Well, that and leaking goals.

Conrad Logan
"A schoolboy error from the longest serving player at the football club." So said Ian Stringer after a clanger of an error from the Irishman as he silenced two-thirds of the Walkers Stadium with one simple spillage of a ball. It was a mistake - such a glaring mistake - in a season where he has so far been pushing Chris Weale all the way for his place. Nobody can really believe that howlers like that will happen to your side, but they do. Unfortunately, this one has cost us our dreams of a trip to Wem-ber-ley.

Matty Fryatt
Has his confidence gone? A golden chance presents itself and, unlike the Matty Fryatt of old, there was no trigger pulled - not even a lashed shot wide. Fryatt had the best chance to put us back in the game after West Brom scored their third, but he failed to capitalise and instead played the ball through to Howard. A very disappointing turn of events. If Fryatt can't step up to the mark now - if his time in royal blue, in essence, is over, then it is time to bring in some fresh goalscoring talent.

David Beckham
Sven says he's not coming to our lovely city of Leicester.
Oh well, his loss.
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