Joe Kinnear says he went for broke on Tuesday night for the win, and that’s why he started Jose Enrique at left back, because he is a good attacking player.
Jose Enrique – attacking left back
Kinnear, a former right back himself, talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Jose:
“To be honest, I just decided to go for broke against West Brom on Tuesday night.” “Jose Enrique’s best attribute is getting forward. I don’t think he’s the best defender in the world, but we can work on that.”
“I’ve got to educate him on that, and put him in that frame of mind.” “He probably gives us better options in the final third of the pitch. He likes to get forward, and we’ve just got to brush up on his defending.”
“We’ll have to make sure we put that right, because his first priority should be to defend.”
Good words from Joe, because he praises Jose’s good points and says they will work on those areas he needs to improve on. And of course Joe is dead right about Jose, but we still see the lads becoming a much better player, if he listens to Joe.
Ashley Cole is also much better going forward than defending so Jose is not alone in that area.
It’s going to be important to defend well against Aston Villa, however, on Monday night, because Martin O’Neill has three great young wide men in Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young and of course our former top youngster James Milner.
Villa will be a difficult game, and we’ll have top play a lot better than we did against WBA, but on the positive side, we know we can play better than we did in the second half on Tuesday, and if it’s one thing our players have shown under Joe, is that they’ll give any team a good game.
Hopefully we’ll also have Owen, Barton and Gutierrez all starting that game, so we’re fairly hopeful for Monday night.