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Curbishley: we ran out of ideas

Filed: Wednesday, 9th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

Alan Curbishley's honest assessment of last night's desperately disappointing home defeat against FA Cup finallists Portsmouth ...

"It looked as if it was going to be a tight game. Portsmouth flooded the midfield but I can't complain about that - they've been playing like that all season.

We needed to score first - we had a great chance and a couple of decent opportunities but we didn't take them. As the game wore on I think Portsmouth got stronger and we got flatter.

Considering what we're trying to fight for it was a massive disappointment. One or two of them looked really tired again and it was a flat performance in the second half.

It may have been different if we had scored first but they did the threatening in the second half. Kronjcar who scored had a couple of little opportunities before that where he let some shots go so we're very down and disappointed in there.

We've been there [10th] for the last five weeks and we haven't won a game. The opportunity has been there for us to push on but we haven't taken that. Tonight we ran out of ideas on how to break Portsmouth down.

That's something we've got to think about; we've got five games left and a really tough one away from home on Saturday. Bolton are fighting for their lives and we obviously have to do better than we did tonight.

We're a bit up and down. We played ever so well at Everton and for half a game up at Sunderland - and I thought we did well in the first half today. But we've fizzled out in games and don't as if we're going to score - which is a big problem.

I can't keep complaining about what's gone on at the club - we've just got to get on with it.

We've just played two or three games that we thought were winnable. We thought tonight was winnable. Of the next five games we've definitely got to win some otherwise we won't stay where we are. The season will fizzle out and we'll end on a downer - and that's the last thing I want, obviously.

The whole night was flat; we didn't lift the crowd, the crowd didn't really lift us and it was just6 a flat performance.

This year their bonusus are geared to being in the top ten - there's nothing for not being in there. So for people to think we've switched off - that's everybody connected with the club - is wrong.

We need to be in that top ten to take anything from the season, which is why it was even more disappointing."

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by RobRM3
08:46AM 12th Apr 2008
''First half was ok, just can't help but think that the manager is stamping his football philosophy and personality on our team; dull unadventurous, totally lacking in entertainment.

No-one tried to go past the opposition with the ball, no energy in midfield (Noble now of course has the infamous three month strain). Parker, who everybody around me seems to be in love with spins round more than Jane Torvill and more often than not will have the ball taken off him.

No, can't see an improvement in style even if we get the crocks back ...''

by Ryan
03:55PM 10th Apr 2008
''I'm sick of all the talk mid-week from the likes of Lucas Neil & co. about how strong they want to finish the season and what not - only to give such a flat performance against a team who really couldn't care less at the moment. We need some players in the summer who aren't just content with a win here and there and think "that'll do" ...''

by Bored
12:37PM 10th Apr 2008
''I thought it was up the manager to provide ideas and motivate? Curbs just doesn't seem to be able to do that ...''

by Fred
03:41PM 9th Apr 2008
''Same old rubbish from Curbishley. He doesn't have any inspiration in his body. Pardew got sacked for nearly the same amount of losses on the trot... ''

by Mike Brown
01:36PM 9th Apr 2008
''Curbs keeps mentioning bonuses, if that's the only thing spurring the players on instead of the desire to wear the shirt then why are they playing for us? Financial motivation for footballers is pointless, it's an extra half a week's wages tops, as if that will bother them if they get it or not. Curbishley's seasons always start well, become average to good in the mid-season and end poorly. It happened for years at Charlton and is happening now at West Ham.''

by Alex P
01:08PM 9th Apr 2008
''Well it's simple - You haven't got any ideas Curbs! It's 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 with you. I'm a season ticket holder and I'm not returning to Upton Park for the remaining games this season. I'm swaying towards the idea of keeping my Saturdays free next season as watching paint dry seems more interesting ...''

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