Date:Monday April 14 2008
Hello all, well I've got a corking hangover this morning so sit steady for that Mini Tour update as it was a good day out even if in the end we were clearly defeated.
Anyway, good game on the whole and some interesting talking points and some world class springboard diving from Steven Gerrard. Great player, complete moron.
So who were the winners and losers. As usual these are based on performances for the week. Lets get stuck in....
RYAN NELSEN -Yes I'm biased and yes I don't care. Since he has come back from injury we have looked all the more steady at the back. If Ryan wasn't in there yesterday we would of conceded 5/6 in the end as Ryan made 3 crucial tackles. You can see the confidence coming back into the defence but the fatigue has set in.
This defence at the start of the season was a treat and it will be again next year.
And God will be the leader of the pack and rightly so.
DAVID DUNN -Didn't have a good game by any means but it was the performance of Johan Vogel that showed why we missed a fully fit Dunny yesterday. We would of had more presence, more surging runs and a competitor for Steven Gerrard in the midfield HAD Dunn been in there.
The sooner he gets back in shape and back on the pitch the better.
Whilst we're here... can we please sign a young and inspiring central midfielder in the summer please??? We have £10 million to spend and can I suggest we spend a bulk of that on what I have just mentioned.
MORTEN GAMST -I'll keep this pretty short but Morten was our best attacking player yesterday. He hit a woeful drive into the stand in the second half but what people missed was in the lead up to that shot he surged past 2 Liverpool defenders and looked menancing through out.
The left foot is back and we're better off in the long run for it.
BRETT EMERTON -I can think of one unhappr Aussie who will not be happy at putting Brett here but if ou cant ell me why he doesn't deserve to be in here then I'm happy to listen.
From what I saw he missed 5 basic passes and was caught of position a bit too often. It doesn't matter when that happens against lower placed teams but it does when your playing Liverpool.
He is a heck of a lot better than this and is stll my number one choice at right back...
But he needs to recognise his limitations in that position before he can make it his own.
CHRIS SAMBA -Please Chris take a rest for 2 games or so. You need it, we need it and we are strong at centre back in terms of numbers. At full pelt and full fitness he is a monster.
I love you Chris but you're inconsistencies are costing us points and it is only because it's been a long hard season and you need a rest.
BRAD FRIEDEL - He did absolutely nothing wrong and had no chance with any of the goals but he must despair sometimes at what goes on in front of him. We are very very lucky that the Premier League's best goalkeeper is loyal to us because we need him.
If he had any hair left he would of been ripping out yesterday.
Mike Mini Tour coming up soon guys. Was a good atmoshpere yesterday and the standing ovation for Stephen Warnock was well deserved.
Lets ee what you make of this weeks Winners and Losers.
Date:Monday April 14 2008
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