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Over and Out
On the morning before the Quarter Final match v. Spurs I put an article on these pages (Cup or Bust), where I said that our lack of organisation had been costing us dear this season. How these words rang true during the match. Two more stupid goals conceded at set-pieces have put us out of the Cup, and with nine matches still to play, our season is all but dead on its feet.
The players are now saying they will go all-out for a European place in the League. Well itís too bloody late now, lads! You should have thought of that a few weeks ago, instead of deciding that you were definitely going to win the Cup this year, and treating the League as an inconvenience to be endured between Cup matches.
As for the game itself, though I hate to say it, Spurs deserved to win on the day. They largely dominated the first half, and it was only due to Pearceís deadly left foot that we went in level at the break. We started better on the resumption, and within a few minutes, perhaps our best chance to impose ourselves on the tie disappeared when Fredi wasted a one-on-one chance.
Pearce defended superbly, itís difficult to believe the will to win that this man still has at the end of such a great career. Unfortunately, despite much huffing and puffing, there were few other performances of note. Carrick had a good game in midfield, and Schemmel was unlucky to be the one to go off when Todorov came on. Paolo was largely subdued, Fredi didnít look fully fit, and Cole showed again that, despite all the tricky footwork, he still has much to learn. Todorov showed some promise, taking his goal well, and being a touch unlucky with two more chances in a frantic finish.
But it was all too little, too late at the end, and Cup dreams have faded and died for another year. To make matters worse for me, I work in Wycombe, and have had to suffer the taunts of the locals, whose second division side have actually made it into the semi-finals, knocking out a side that have beaten us twice this year.