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LUFC Fans view v Arsenal

Tiny T gives us his usual take on the player`s performances. This time after a spirited display, against a classy Arsenal side in the FA Cup, who proved just too good on the night.

Schmeichel 8

Stood no chance with the first or third goal, slightly at fault for the second but a Gordon Banks save against Chamakh was simply outstanding.

Connolly 7
Run ragged on occasions, got forward to support Snodgrass and stuck to his task.

O'Brien 8
Like a few others, at fault for the first goal, but experienced and nous got the defence working much better as the game went on.

Bruce 8
Never say die attitude was what we needed, like others, the first goal was a nightmare, recovered well to be the outstanding defender.

Parker 7
Possibly the weak link at the back, stuck to the task, a late error gave Bendtner space to cross for the third goal. There will be those who have a go at Ben, but remember it`s only his third game back and two of those have been against the Gunners, needs more game time.

Snodgrass 7
Worked hard both in attack and defence, but they were aware of the danger and always doubled up on him.

Johnson 8
It could be the goal of the season, a rasping drive from at least 25 yards got us back in the game. Tackled his heart out and got forward when possible.

Howson 8 Star man
All over the place with a non-stop display, tried to get us on the front foot and worked hard defensively.

Watt 7
Another who was not afraid to get stuck in, worked hard and battled, good support in front of Parker.

Gradel 8
Infuriating one minute, great the next, never stopped trying and worked hard especially after Paynter went off, he led the line and was not afraid to challenge the big men at the back.

Paynter 6
Nothing fell right for Billy, battled away up front but no real spark.

Substitutes

Bromby 7

Like the rest of the defence, slotted in well when coming on.

Somma 5
We needed him to work up front but he didn't, he also tackles like my mother in law, no bite

Sam 5
Game already lost when he came on.

Summary

The fans can be proud of the fighting display we gave, scored the goal of the game, and thankfully we are out of the Cup to concentrate on the League.

This also gives us a free weekend soon and some of the players need a break after featuring in every game.

Arsenal settled with the early goal and Kasper might think he could have done better with the second goal.
The goal of the game was ours, we put the Gunners under pressure, the ball fell to Howson who rolled the ball inside to Johnson and the next it was in the net from fully 25 yards, got the fans buzzing again.

Defensive lapses were our undoing and perhaps a little slow on the ball when it mattered, we will get a lot out of this for the rest season.
We've mixed it with the best again and shown we are not far off against top Premier League opposition.

Now let us see us push on and see what the rest of the season brings.


Thanks as always Tiny for your fans view.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 20 2011

Time: 8:53AM

Your Comments

All I have is more belief in a team that can match at least 50% of the premier league. But as I pre-warned we need a left back urgently. If you video'ed it Watch all three of Arenal goals, Nasri's goal why didn't Parker come behind our defence & cover in stead of standing still, Sagna goal from the left Parker could of easily av got to his Attacker & made it difficult for a shot, To slow to react. And finally Persie's goal, Who lost the ball in the center circle,PARKER & the ball was played to the our left where PARKER should be controling(NO WHERE INSIGHT) ball came across for an easy header for Persie. One DAY someone will see he's crap & he as no idea how to prepare himself in a game.GET RID BEFORE THE JAN SALEs END.
pete mc
Thats why Grayson as brought in George McCartney for the rest of the season. I think Parker will go out on loan to get some match practice.
dazza71
I thought Parker was left exposed by no protection from the midfield and at times he was almost in the centre of defence with an Arsenal player in acres of space on the wing. I thought O'Brien's clearance for the second goal was shocking, then Parker backed off Sagna allowing him a free shot. Midfield battled hard but at times were chasing shadows as the real Arsenal turned up. The goal in the first five minutes was a real killer. They could have been out of sight after 30 minutes but fair play to Leeds, they stuck to their task and I kept thinking if we could pinch an equaliser that we would go on to win it. A good performance against a classy side, I just hope its not taken too much out of them ahead of the game at Portsmouth on Saturday.
dazza71
How did you get a 7 for parker?? he was at fault twice last night - its like naylor No2
simonfire1
I wouldn't have given O'Brien an 8, was partly to blame for the first goal and was a shocking clearance that led to the second goal.
king billy
 

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