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Kanu mate, you are wasting you breath!

Kanu mate, you are wasting you breath!

Kanu has built the game with Blackburn this weekend up as the one that 'is going to decide what happens' to us this season, and wants us to have a go and be positive, as we were against Arsenal last the 2nd half at least when we were already 2-0 down...

I still think that we are going to be safe, but we cannot go into this, Sunderland and Wigan - the latter two we can 'if' we get something tomorrow - thinking 'it is done and dusted', although we really, really should have been thinking this some games ago as it was in our hands to have done so!

The Nigerian highlighted the positive attitude that we showed in the 2nd half against Arsenal, and wants us to show this against Blackburn - and if we do we can get the win we need to ensure safety, unfortunately I feel the guy is wasting his breath as he probably knows as well as you and I do how we will approach this game...

We will go there with the usual tactics, the usual ineffective midfield combination - ineffective in an offensive sense that is - an approach that lacks any offensive intent that fails to support Crouch, which makes him look a bad player, a bad player that he is far from being!

There is no doubt we will go 4-5-1, and that is fair enough I guess, but we could set out with a 4-5-1 that is capable of offering a balanced defensive and offensive display - granted we cannot go gun-hoo, but the balance of getting this right is possible, we, well he, just seems unwilling to do so.

There is a lot of talk about who will play at right back, I seriously fear that we will go with Mullins at right back you know?

After the sending off last week it was ideally set-up for us to give Linvoy a go or give Cranie 15 mins, as you would expect it to be one of these that steps in, but with him playing there for the closing minutes it 'might' give him an idea - at least if that did happen it would mean that Basinas 'should' came in, so every cloud and all that...

It is not going to be a pretty game, it is going to be a couple of sides slugging it out afraid to lose - even though both are probably safe anyway, and a win for either would assure this, but I still feel that Blackburn, quite rightly as the home side, will be the side most likely to go for the win, and that may well see them do it.

I do not like having a pop at Hart, and certain players, but no favours are being done in the approach to most games, certain things involved in them and the unwillingness to change - the more this happens the more I fear next season, which is not going to be pretty if we follow current trends...

I am not asking us to go gun-ho, that could well be suicidal - although sometimes attack is the best form of defence, but lets at least show some intent eh? If we do that we then have a couple of games in which we can try a few different things, and maybe even introduce a couple of the youngsters into the set-up and at least try and gage some sort of feeling as to what they are like, and what to expect next season.

To end with, in case I am 'quoted' again by any other sites on t'internet, accused of 'publically calling' for anything, or appearing 'ungrateful' and the like I must say I hope to be proven wrong, and will happily eat that humble pie. But, as with my views on that certain player last week I fear being justified in my thoughts again this weekend come 5pm on Saturday, as I unfortunately feel I was with them at 5pm last Saturday...

As I say, I hope to be wrong though...


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Date:Friday May 8 2009
Time: 1:40PM


A win would make us safe & you'd think we would go for it & leave them still in the mire. Truth is a draw would suit us more than them & that is probably the best we can hope for. Of course they'll want the win to make them safe & our over defensive policy may well help them to that! We'll see what happens!
08/05/2009 13:47:00
I have a feeling that Mullins will play at Right Back as well, pity its not right back in South London!!!
08/05/2009 14:13:00
lol Owen! Nice. We can but hope that some of the second half performance last week sunk in to Hart's mind.
08/05/2009 14:28:00
i toyed with a line alone those lines Owens, but thought i better give him 'a bit' of a break :-)
08/05/2009 14:42:00
Can't see us getting anything here unless we man mark Samba and Mccarthy out of the game. The key is not to give away set pieces or corners as this is when they crowd the box and harry the keeper, look at their 2 goals against Wigan.
08/05/2009 14:50:00
I fully expect a nine man back line with Crouchy hanging around the penalty area, ours that is.
08/05/2009 15:27:00
Mullins at right back . . . . Nooooo!!! Mind you we're going to play the same way we've been playing and I expect us to get another draw. Then if Boro and Newcastle draw I think we're mathematically safe - so job done I suppose. Perhaps then we can be a bit more dynamic for our last home game?
08/05/2009 18:19:00
utaka, gekas and basins, traore, belhadj, pennant and kaboul to start, we'll play 3-4-3, with no right back, and we will win 8-4.
08/05/2009 21:28:00
at least mullins wasnt the right back as i feared, however the guy played again... as usual! hate to say it, but again come 5pm i feel i was justified in the criticism given to hart this week, as it was mullins last week... roll on the summer... altho its not gonna be a good one!
09/05/2009 23:32:00
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