We thought we’d take a look at what we wanted for the team selection yesterday in our Match Preview and see what Kevin actually did with the team.
Kevin Keegan – included Butt and Smith but was still reasonable
Here’s the list of points we made on Friday in our preview and what actually happened.
- All players picked in their regular positions
This happened but some of the players picked were not our strongest selection. Kevin did play N’Zogbia at left back but with Milner and Duff doing quite well on the wings this is a way to have all 3 in the team at once. However, Enrique wasn’t even on the bench and he cannot be too happy at the moment.The defense was close to the best we could have put out which is a little scary given how vulnerable they were yesterday and conceded another 5 goals.
- Leave Smith out of the team – he doesn’t deserve to start given his last 2-3 performances
Didn’t happen and he played the whole 90 minutes and he was as ineffective as ever. In fact when Andrew Carroll came on he looked a lot more threatening and set up Faye’s goal.
- Give Carroll a start or bring him on as substitute
Came on as a substitute and was probably the only good thing that happened yesterday. He is not fazed in the least by these big games and we think he will be challenging for a start sooner than people may realize. Apparently he’s been impressive in training and his 6’3″ frame gives us physical presence in the box. Play him!
- Start both Faye and Beye
It happened and we think the defense was close to the best we can field 🙁
Jose Enrique – why isn’t Jose being given a chance?
- Give Jose Enrique a chance at left full back and please don’t start Carr there
Didn’t happen although Carr didn’t play – because he was injured. What’s going on with Enrique. Whenever we see him he’s been good but if he cannot get a game in this defense he mustn’t feel that he has much future at the club. We wouldn’t.
Apart from Butt and Smith starting and Enrique not being included the team wasn’t too bad. So what happened?
The team as a whole, and individually played well below their potential. We think the players have to take a hard long look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are earning their wages.
The answer is no and they need to do something about that.