Thursday, April 26, 2007

Joe goal

It was bad. Very bad in the first half but we improved after the break. Given how well Chelsea played and how many chances they created, I think that we were quite lucky to only lose 1-0. Only for Reina it could have been a lot worse. It's a shame that Finnan wasn't fit as it meant that Arbeloa had to play right back, Riise on the left and Zenden played left mid. I think that we all know that Zenden isn't really good enough for a game like this but we don't have a host of options on the left given the injuries and he did as well as could be expected of him. He managed to beat the Chelsea right back but couldn't cross to great effect. We can only hope that Finnan is fit for next weeks return leg at Anfield.

We have it all to do. Our passing was terrible in the first half and I thought that we looked a bit nervous on the ball. I think that it'll be different on our home patch with the crowd behind us. We'll need to start quickly and try to get an early goal. I hope that Agger and Carra can do a better job on Drogba who caused panic all night. Drogba is an amazing player so there's no shame in it but they've managed to keep him quiet before and I have faith that they'll be able to do it again on Tuesday. He was up to his old tricks of feigning injury and looking for frees. Agger took exception to it gave him an earful.

Before all of that we have the thrill of a visit to Fratton park. Portsmouth have given us problems in the past and I wouldn't be surprised if they do so again on Saturday. Expect Rafa to rotate and rest as many as possible. We might even see Harry Kewell come off the bench.

In the FA youth cup, Liverpool trailed 2-1 going into tonight's match at old Toilet. Utd had the best of it in the first half but we struck back in the second half and Robbie Threlfall scored to take the game into extra time. That took the game to extra time where there were no further goals. In the penalties, Roberts saved a penalty and then Sam Hewson, the Utd captain sent his penalty over the bar in front of the stretford end, to ensure that Liverpool retain the trophy. We're only the fifth team ever to achieve this feat. The future's bright, the future's red.


JJ said...

Alright chief, I think Rafa's comment today that Drogba may hold back for fear of missing the final could have some merit in it. I think it'll be an immense Istanbul-ish comeback if the pool get to the final but they are capable. I just hope they go the first half hour without conceding and from there anything can happen. Huge ask though and Zenden must not play.

Mal said...

As long as Finnan is fit, I don't think there is any chance of Zenden playing. Really hope he is as we missed him a lot in the first leg. I really think that we can do it but if Chelsea score first then it's all over.