Jesus fucking christ…
It was so bad I started drinking 15 minutes into the game.
It was so bad that I passed out on my mate’s sofa shortly after Match of the Day had started, in all my clothes.
And it wasn’t just the pitiful performance, but the pantomime involving Joey ‘I like The Smiths, they are dead good’ Barton and Kelvin. Annoyingly, I got wound up by his comments. As a result, I did what any upstanding, respectable gentleman would do. I called him a prick on Twitter and had a go at him over a series of one, two, three tweets.
He didn’t reply.
Score one to Warrilow…
I think the less said about the first few days of the week, the better.
And I would love to say ‘well the Millwall game really must have boosted our confidence in time for Saturday’…and yes, it was a good result, let’s not be doing a merry jig around the Lionel Messi school of football just yet, there’s a few things we need to point out here:
Milwall are a Championship side
They haven’t won in six league games
They haven’t scored in five league games
Let’s not jump to the conclusion that we’ve ‘turned the corner’ just yet.
Yes, I think the better performances from the team that night should be playing on Saturday, but we have to bare in mind our opponents and venue and be reasonable.
Because of this I would only bring in Guedioura and Hunt.
I strongly feel Gueds (we’re on close mate basis now all of a sudden…not really, it’s just because I can’t be arsed copying and pasting that arse to spell surname anymore) could be really effective in a 4-5-1 formation playing just off Doyle:
- He can be great at running at defenders with the ball at a fair pace, and against somebody like Carragher, this could prove to be pretty dangerous.
- Get Doyle to do his usual fantastic work of winning and holding the ball up, trying to pull defenders towards to him to enable Guedioura to run into this space and bring others, namely O’Hara, Jarvis and Hunt into the game.
- He’ll be confident and pumped after his performance on Tuesday, and we need somebody like that starting tomorrow after last week. Get him to push up, close down their CBs, make it as uncomfortable for them as possible. Yes he may be reckless in the tackle, but I’d rather he did this in their half rather then starting him right wing and having him commit fouls closer to our penalty area.
So why leave Fletcher on the bench?
Granted, I would only employ this tactic for this game, Fletcher is somebody we can bring on later if need be. Whilst we have no cover for strikers at the moment (and I include Sam Vokes in that nothing) we need attacking options on the bench.
And this is why I’d start with Hunt in front of Hammill.
Liverpool have some great attacking full backs, in particular Jose Enrique who has mad a fantastic start for them. Hunt would be perfect to track back and make life difficult for him. We need that little shit attitude that he has to team up with Stearman and just not let him be as influential as he has been. Hammill would provide us with a great attacking option later on if needed, especially if we brought on Fletcher with him, went 4-4-2 and looked to Hammill to really test the Liverpool defence with some of the great crossing we have seen him produce for us so far.
And just to pre-warn you all, I am going to the pub to watch this game. This time though, I’m hoping I don’t pass out early on any form of furniture.