What a bloody shambles! I sat in front of the television and watched West
Ham at Blackburn yesterday, unable to believe what I was seeing. Iíve seen
plenty of capitulations by us over the years, but this one probably tops
them all. Coming straight after the abysmal showing at Everton, this made it
doubly hard to take.
Yet the funny thing was, had the want-away boyís (improved England prospects
at Sunderland - ask Kevin Phillips about that one, Trev) header gone in at
the start of the second half, we could still have rescued something from the
game. Going forward, we looked reasonable, but when we didnít have the ball,
there was no desire to get it back, and no desire to pick up any opponents.
Soma looked totally out of his depth on the left. Until his second rash
tackle resulted in a red card, I would have exempted Repka from criticism,
as he looks a fine defender, but he must learn to cut out the bookings, as
we cannot afford to keep losing him at the moment.
Iím struggling to understand what is happening at Upton Park at the moment.
Both our home games so far have seen good performances, notably in respect
of the levels of effort and teamwork thatís been on display. Yet these
qualities have been sadly lacking on the road since a promising showing at
Roeder has to address the problems soon, starting with Saturdayís game
against Southampton, which is already stacking up as a six-pointer in the
relegation fight. Itís a game we must win. If Sinclair goes, as he most
likely will, I think he should use the money to by another top-class
defender. Hopefully Cole and Lomas will soon be returning to fitness, so the
need to immediately find a midfield replacement for Trev is not necessarily
an urgent requirement.