Filed: Sunday, 23rd September 2012
By: Staff Writer
This week's OV features a bunch of disappointed Mackems - although the disappointment lay more at the feet of Martin O'Neill than anywhere else...
"Iíd love to be able to say how good we played but in truth, we were the second best team all day. West Ham pressured us and it was a mix between how good our defence were with how shocking Carlton Cole was. It was a typical Martin OíNeill battling performance from the lads; when itís going well those performances are great to watch - when itís not however, it can be very frustrating. They were the better side but we did play some good stuff. For 20 minutes you could see a goal coming, itís just harder to take when itís in injury time. Man of the Match? Carlton Cole, without a shadow of a doubt our best defender. Without him they would have scored about four."
- Banana Boy
"West Ham really were horrible to watch. I was sat in their end with a mate who supports them and I kept telling him they were the new Stoke. He didn't seem to really deny it either. They had absolutely nothing other than lumping it in our box. So much for the West Ham way."
"It was the perfect game for Nolan to score. He loves getting in and around the six-yard area and causing bother. We allowed him and West Ham to do that all game. We defended very well but you can't expect to keep a clean sheet if you surrender as much possession and real estate as we do."
"Well that equaliser was always on the cards, poor service from the players. Can't fault the defence they were brilliant. Mignolet did well to only concede once and he was unlucky with the goal as he got down to it. We need to be creating more chances for Fletcher, the attacking players were too wasteful on the attack. We'll be much better once AJ is in the side. We didn't get beat away from home but It wasn't half a frustrating game, all we needed was the second goal and we had plenty opportunities to get it."
"If that's the way Martin O'Neill wants to play watch the crowds dwindle. I would rather watch paint dry than trying to defend a one goal lead. I'll not bother going back to watch that and I can't see it improving. It's not so much the players as the tactics."
"Martin O'Neill finds it necessary to force an overly cautious approach. It's one thing notching late in a game and hanging on for five, 10 or 15 minutes but to instinctively resort to parking the bus after taking the lead THIRTY minutes into the game vs. Liverpool was disgusting. To show an embarrassingly similar attitude today against the phenomenal West Ham United is concerning. Our defending was admirable but going forward we offered next to nothing, preferring to soak up West Ham's attack till the 6th of November. I was ecstatic when we appointed O'Neill but now I find our style of play worse than that of Stoke City's and our form, diabolical."
"A great performance away from home against a very direct, physical team who used it to their advantage. We defended well, tried to break when we could, but they are a strong team. MoN knows what he is doing, some games you have to defend, some games you have to attack. No use pushing the team forward and getting beaten 5-1."
"We defended well but you have to say justice was done (even though it was horrible Nolan). If your sole ambition is to get a chance, score and then hang on for 80 minutes you don't deserve owt really. We couldn't pass or hold the ball up and as a rounded football team we were terrible. West Ham looked rubbish at the back but we were rubbish because they didn't know what to do."
- Monument View
"We gave the ball away far too easily, struggled making simple passes. We seem fairly solid at the back but rode our luck today, West Ham had over 20 chances. We sat very deep and looked to hit them on the break but 85 minutes is a long time to do this. We weren't exactly playing Real Madrid so we could have pushed out more. Was Nolan good or did we give him too much room, as he had a few chances? What happened to the exciting, fast, pressing football that was served up when MON first arrived?"
"We didn't deserve anything out of the game today, the way we give the ball away was nothing short of disgraceful at this level. If you don't or can't keep the ball then you don't have any sort of control of the game. Unless there is a change in tactics its going to be a long hard season..."
- Erwin Rommel
* Comments originally posted at readytogo.net
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