Apologies for not blogging yesterday, busy day and after a game like that I really didn’t know what to write!
So, what a game. On the plus side we didn’t lose, played well on the counter and scored four at Anfield, no mean feat. Although when I say that you could just apply that to our Russian Dynamo Andrey Arshavin! The negatives, we conceded four, the defence looked ragged all night and we coughed the lead on three occasions, twice shortly after taking it, very similar to our CL quarter final at the same ground a year ago.
You could look at that and say that the lessons from that game, and indeed the home game against the scum this season, haven’t been learnt. However the defence last night wasn’t even close to first choice. Silvestre looked further away than ever from the quality we require and just makes you wonder had we had Djourou or Gallas available for that and the Semi final where we’d be now, especially as Chavski drew last night. Gibbs learnt a few things as well, at times showing his inexperience. But this is an 18 year old who has only played a handful of first team games against the likes of Torres, Kuyt and Babel and was getting little help from midfield. Most established defenders would struggle with players of that calibre, so the lad done good in my eyes. Song also did exceptionally well, especially as he had to carry the slack for the poor Denilson. Actually I don't think Song misplaced a pass until the 75th minute, that's got to be a record! Fabianski also played well despite conceding four goals, pretty much single handedly keeping Liverpool at bay and us one up in the first half, and going some way to erase memories of his performance at Wembley.
Someone else who was ok I guess was some Russian bloke we bought in January. I mean, 4 goals isn’t that bad is it. Why the hell he didn’t play against Chavski only Wenger knows, but Arshavin’s performance at Anfield can only fuel the feeling of “what if”. Since the game, Andrey has announced that he wishes to end his career in the Red and White. Oh, ok then, if you insist!
Last thing on the Liverpool game is this clip. I love it, sums it all up! YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING, BECAUSE THATS 1000 MILES PER HOUR! ARSHAVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNN!
Finally, well done to the Young Guns, who made the FA Youth Cup Final by beating holders Man Citeh 4-1 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate. They’ll probably face Liverpool in the final, which I think is over 2 legs, so no-doubt they’ll get another impressive attendance at the Grove to watch that one.
Thoughts on Boro tomorrow, enjoy the sun.