Sunday, 25 November 2007
Need a bit of Magic
If you'd have been a fly-on-the-wall of my SU bar on Wednesday night you would have heard me declaring that the story would be entirely different if Jim Magilton were England manager.
Magic would not have kept De Vos out of the team, he would not have played Garvan if his previous performances had been bad and he would not have given Andrew Plummer a place if Supple was available...
Our Jim would not have settled for that first half performance, he'd have screamed and shouted and thrown some boots at their heads to get a result.
Turns out he and Steve McClaren have more in common than I would like to admit. Yesterday's performance in Cardiff was disappointing and though we improved in the second half we just couldn't pull out a goal.
Remind you of Wednesday night anyone??
Now I am in no way starting a man-hunt to get Magilton sacked - he's our greatest asset, I believe - but his interview following the match was as vague and full of cliches as McClaren had given on Thursday.
He may be becoming tired of answering questions about our away performance, but until there's an answer those questions won't stop: 'You sit here and I will ask you, because I have no idea.'(Derek Davis quotes Jim in the EADT)
Fair point Jim, no-one understands your frustration more than us - but it is not our job to sort this little problem out.
20 second highlights
Having been featured on the Championship two weekends ago it was sad to see us reduced this morning to just 20 seconds. Sadly that may have been all that was necessary.
Alan Lee hit the bar and the post in one shot twenty seconds after kick-off and Tommy Miller had a shot cleared off the line.
As unlucky as these were, no other chances materialised.
It's hard to believe we put six past Bristol just two weeks ago.
One thing got to me - Jim told the website 'We did not have enough leaders on the park. We cannot rely on Jason De Vos for that'.
The best leader other than Jase, and Alexander whose rants from goal have made me giggle, is Sylvain Legwinski.
But Leggi remained on the bench and the team remained unorganised.
Even McClaren figured out he needed the passion of David Beckham, maybe Jim should have taken note.
Saying that it made little difference in the end on Wednesday!
So Jim I will not for one second criticise your puzzlement on this issue as I have no idea what you should do either.
But please think of something quick before the Naaarwich catch up with us.