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Time To Learn From Your Mistakes Redknapp

The date was Saturday 28th August and we were playing a Wigan side at White Hart Lane who had lost their first two league games 4-0 and 6-0. Instead of compounding their misery we lost the game 1-0 with an abject, uninspiring display that lacked creativeness. Before the game many people were surprised Redknapp had opted for a starting midfield pairing of Palacios and Huddlestone who both like to sit deep. Huddlestone can’t really be described as a defensive midfielder but he’s not the type to make runs past the strikers either.

That experiment didn’t work and thankfully it hasn’t been tried since. That is until yesterday’s FA Cup game against Charlton. Only this time it was even worse, Palacios and Sandro, both players who if they had to select a position they would say defensive midfielder.

This isn’t closing the stable door after the horse has bolted as the saying goes because I, like many, had a terrible feeling the selection of Palacios and Sandro was a mistake. With Modric being rested, most people assumed Jenas would come in alongside either Sandro or Palacios giving the team a balance between defence and attack. Arguably given JJ’s performance against Everton he didn’t deserve another start and I’m all for that normally but you’ve always got to do what’s best for the team. It seems strange against Everton we didn’t bother with one holding midfielder and then at home to Charlton we stuck two in there.

As has been pointed out to me by WindyCOYS the Palacios selection might have been to help him gain a bit of confidence. Playing at home against a team 2 leagues below you should do that for a player but unfortunately it back fired massively. On a personal level for Wilson he had a shocker, once again being substituted at half time, but as a team we weren’t much better.

We didn’t look like we were in too much trouble and we controlled the half for the most part, but we lacked imagination and that spark centrally that you need to win games. The only bright spark of the first half was the debut of Andros Townsend who at 19 has already shown what a talent he is while out on loan (except at Ipswich where Roy Keane had no idea how to use him), especially with this goal. He played out on the right and terrorised the Charlton defence at every opportunity, running at them and basically doing what a premier league side should do against a League one outfit. No disrespect to Charlton though who come to the Lane with more offensive ideas and inclination than many top flight sides have done this season and gave a good account of themselves.

Centrally though, we were slow and gave them an easy ride. Niko, who needs games to find his best form which he won’t get at Spurs so I see little point in him staying, started in his favourite position on the left but didn’t spend much time there. He loves to drift in which meant not only did we get in each others way but it also left Ekotto exposed for any potential Charlton attacks. Without a midfielder who could run the game and get at the Charlton defence they were fairly comfortable without being in control if that makes sense.

Then the second half came and while I’ve steered clear of blaming Redknapp for the first half for fear of getting abuse from those who believe he can do no wrong, he deserves credit for making the obvious change. Palacios off and Modric on. The game was over within 15 minutes of the restart. Modric pulled every string there was to pull, got forward, linked play and generally made everyone else look better. I’m assuming Redknapp might’ve had the odd word to say while the lads sucked on pieces of orange too.

It’s possible, and more than probable that Jenas wouldn’t have done the same. I’m not saying he would have. However, you’ve got to give yourself the best chance of playing well to win and for me that means even when resting players you’ve got to still keep the right shape and balance which we just didn’t do. Hopefully, having witnessed how it doesn’t work against Wigan and now Charlton, that’ll be end of the Roberto Mancini style of play at White Hart Lane.

In the end, it was a very comfortable win and a mistake we didn’t pay for. With the likes of Modric and van der Vaart on the bench and Defoe returning from his ban with two goals we always had a very good back up plan and thankfully so. We were excellent in the second half, we did what we had to do and it’s nice to see changes being made for the positive. Fulham away in the next round. Bring it on.


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  1. PolarPer

    January 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Very well observed and I agree. Sgt Wilson should be shipped out in january (I used to be his biggest fan), he have been horrible for a long time now and I can’t belive Harry keeps playing him at all times..

  2. Ossie

    January 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Fair assesment, Harry has made mistakes but who hasn’t. Thankfully he learned from them last season (stopped playing Keane) so should learn this year.

  3. Mes

    January 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I’m sure Harry Redknapp is delighted to have received the benefit of your sage advice and will regularly consult with you to make sure he’s doing OK.

    In the meantime, I hope you can keep us up to date of how you’re getting on managing your squad of players and making sure they all get a rest during a debut Champions League season and still progress in the FA Caup while keeping 4th spot or higher in the PL.

  4. Superfitorfalse

    January 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

    The shocks are nothing to do with tactics our drug testing is the weakest in Europe along with Spain and the reason is brand Sky cannot be damaged . There has bean a rise in Footballers collapsing on the pitch or in training in the last few years. I cant prove anything that i discovered being used to top up energy levels had anything to do with these poor souls who have sadly died far to young participating in something that suppose to make you fitter. The drug i discovered helps a team use copious amounts of energy without fear of tiring and then getting beat . Teams can by using this energy stop better teams from having the space to play football. These games have the same Tackling the same blocks the same saves and mostly they have less of the ball because they spend most of the game winning 1-0 and defending the better and more skilful team form scoring. Most of these Teams have sporadic form and this is compounded by more teams using this energy to have a more equal chances of winning games and compete against better Squads and to save there jobs and to stay in the lucrative premiership. This is why we have bean involved and others in results that have shocked fans and punters gambling on teams who win when there odd are 6/1 or more in a two horse race and this year its bean even more shocks. The modern footballer has the stamina to last 70 mins at high intensity some of these teams have the extra 90 plus energy that is causing shocks and massive weight, loss. We are losing good players buying players who look good for other teams then slow down dramatically when they leave there clubs like one of the shock teams Wigans we bought Palacios from for one and we are linked with another in Neville, If i am wrong then these players will be good buys but if i am right then Keane Bentley Dosantos will be sold because of energy cheats and with my information i no who my money is on all the shocks .

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