Merse you say about Stevens and make it sound that he was really great? Seems you were watching a different game than Dave T
I wouldn't say "Stevens was really great" and as for watching a different game, of course not; the same game only through different eyes.
The way we were set up it would have been pointless a winger going outside to get across in. A cross in to what? A single striker(Sills) up against two central defenders? No thank you. Buckle's way of getting Stevens to do what he wants is to play him on his "wrong wing" thus forcing him inside and into the nice little weighted and incisive balls he can play so effectively. Balls that take defenders out of contention.
Again, you have to play to the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition. Cambridge's strengths are two bloody great big centre halves and we tried to be incisive eitherside of them. Whilst Brabin's method was to put his Lard Arse in between our two- to no effect!
Not that I was carried away by the result today, but following the evidence before my eyes, the level of organisation, discipline and pure will to win; chatting to a few of the players after the game and looking at the table tonight I've put my money where my mouth is and backed us at 20/1 to finish outright champions.
Any horse that is put out at twenties from sixes, one furlong into a mile race and has still "got it's action" has got to be a punt at that price..................and we were twenty fives before the kickoff!
Looking at some of the "in play" quotes on here with the advantage of having been there make me laugh.............."Thompson up front"- where do you get that from? "need to bring on Benyon and Green" - to achieve what?
We played 4-5-1 today (just as Tisdale did against them last January!) and they started4-4-2 but abandoned that on the half hour in favour of 4-3-3. They didn't manage one attempt on target before half time and the much hyped McEvilly not one all day. Puffing and panting like a huge kebab, he was reduced to foul upon foul and spent time added on playing in the back four such was his inability to get back up front from defending a corner. Mind you he should have been red carded for sticking his forehead in Ellis' face in the first half and the composure our young centre back showed in the face of naked thuggery was immense.
We kept the shape brilliantly, soaked up their pressure and then pushed on in the last twenty minutes and there was only going to be one winner from that point on.
Some of the passing still lacks confidence and composure at times, but sides like Cambridge close you down in nano seconds and you just have to stick in there until they have blown their sails out.
Chatting to Wayne Carlisle afterwards it was good to hear his eloquent views on the "numpty factor" in our support - particularly at home, and any of these Plainmoor barrackers, moaners and HE letter writers should take heed of the magnificent support that the Cambridge crowd give their team - 4,000 there today and a vibrant noisy atmosphere throughout......................just like last season.
Mark Ellis too was very upbeat and hopeful of his calf injury repairing in a fortnight or three weeks. Todd was immense today and Robertson too fitted in impressively thanks to the very constructive support he got from Hodges beside him.
Verdict: the team spirit is superb, the "gremlins" from the assimilation of Thompson, Wroe and Carayol are rapidly being eradicated; and the respect in which our team is held by rival teams is immense. It's coming together!
Oh, and we sported royal blue shorts with white shirts and socks!
Puffing and panting like a huge kebab eh Merse.
To be honest the last time I saw McEviley he was in this film. I know I'm a rather large gentleman myself but I don't get paid to exercise!
I love the story Jimmy Quinn told last season................
McHeavily had just moved into a Cambridge flat so the manager popped round to see how he was settling in. Sitting there on the living room floor still unpacked in it's carton was a deep fat fryer that FatBastard's mother had sent him as a moving in present.
I couldn't believe it when another fully paid up member of the BFB club - Garry Brabin - sent the equally disgracefully unfit Crowe to partner the lardy one after just half an hour on Saturday.......................so what's he not been doing at Peterborough to let himself go like that too?