Saturday, March 03, 2007

Two Points Dropped

A gallant fightback, but ultimately this afternoon will be seen with hindsight as two points dropped rather than one gained.

Our cause was not helped of course by our lack of defensive options. The complete lack of cover at left-back reflects badly upon both the productivity of our youth academy, and the efficacy of signings such as Kelly Youga who was not recalled from his Bradford loan. If there isn't a willing and able left-sided youngster able to step into such a desperate breach (and avoid unbalancing the side in this way), then you have to wonder what the point of the academy is at all.

Having fought back from 2-0 down it sounded like Kevin Lisbie had a gilt-edged chance to pay us back for ten years of frustration, but he finished with the aplomb to which we are accustomed.

Results elsewhere put Man City into 17th place and whilst its welcome to have a new team firmly in the dogfight, it would be preferable if Wigan and Sheff Utd were closest given our home games against them both (we travel to Eastlands on 6 April).

In short, it's been a frustrating afternoon which leaves us worse off compared to Wigan obviously, and Sheff Utd (because there is now one game less to catch them) whilst allowing us to edge just a point closer to Man City. We now have a tiresome 15 day wait to play again, a period in which I will find myself in the unusual position of cheering on Chelsea against both City and Sheff Utd.


At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Sankofa played at left back, Youngy stayed on the right...

At 7:07 PM, Blogger New York Addick said...

Thanks! I've altered the post accordingly (the perils of commenting on a game I haven't seen!).

Either way though, playing Sankofa on the left is hardly ideal either.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger worcestershireleaburn said...

Listening live on Radio 5, it sounded like it was our lack of strength in depth that let us down. Lisbie missing the chance to win it, El K caught napping on several occasions, Jimmy Floyd giving the ball away. Had Bent(m), and any of the other centre halfs been fit, these guys might not even have been playing. Still, at 0-2 I didn't give us much chance. Win the next two at home, and it'll look like a valuable point.

At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:06 AM, Anonymous Ken J said...

I prefer to think the longer layoff will work in our favour - to get our #1 guys fit and back in the team. We will not get anywhere with Karkouri and Fortune pairing up and from all accounts I have been sent, Haselbaink was abysmal -and we all know about the other 'striker' who replacd Matt Holland......but at half time, I would have given my mate's left nut for a point, so I'm staying positive, hoping returning players mean I never have to see or hear of certain oxygen burglers again.


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