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LUFC Fans view v Crystal Palace

Tiny T gives us his usual fans view, this time from the narrow 3-2 home win over Crystal Palace.

Lonergan 8 Star man

Some great saves, kept us in the game at times. His distribution is weak and from the Kop, I thought he could have done better with the second goal.

Lees 6
Struggled at times but little support from Snodgrass. I would like to see him at centre half.

Kisnorbo 4
Troubled by pace all afternoon as the Palace side just ran at him and round him.

O'Dea 6
The best of the defence, not a player I can warm to though as he's an old fashioned Row Z player. He helped behind Taylor at times.

Taylor 6

A useful first start for the 17 year old. A stunning ball for the opening goal. Like Lees though, no protection in front as Nunez went missing.

Snodgrass 3
Seemed totally out of sorts for the first hour, improved a little towards the end. Needs to learn that you cannot go through players and when you beat them, a decent cross is required, as he over hit most of them. He also should track back.

Brown 6
Fought vainly to stem the tide. Lacked pace but played whilst coming back from injury due a lack of numbers.

Howson 6
Like Brown he was overrun, and playing whilst ill, physically sick on the pitch.

Nunez 3
Poor showing and he did not like being subbed. Was it or was it not a goal from the free kick, I do not know. Out muscled in a physical game.

Keogh 3
Most of the ball he received was in the air and this is not his forte, couldn't make it stick.

McCormack 4
Scored two but wanted too make too many 'Hollywood passes,` when out wide after Nunez went off. He wasn't there when needed.

Substitutes

Becchio 7

Showed what we've been missing, his aerial presence and doesn't get bullied. Headed goal was good as he made space, Thank goodness he is back.

Forssell 6
With Becchio, he changed the game, good knock down for the winner.

Sam 5
Didn't seem to get going after coming on.

Summary
A game we should have lost. The wide men did nothing, with both guilty of poor and infective defending. Quality of ball to the front two was lacking and after a good start we threw it away.

Taylor had a useful first game at the back and my hat off to Grayson for giving the young lad a chance, he didn't let us down unlike some of the more experienced players.

The middle of the park was congested as both wide men kept coming inside. When Howson and Brown went to go wide, nobody was there so we resorted to long ball and it just kept coming back.

Becchio and Forssell when the double Substitution was made, combined to cause problems and we started to get on the front foot, one scored and the other provided the winner.

If we have to play Brown too early into his comeback from injury and Howson is ill on the day and probably should not have played, we are short on numbers in midfield.

At the back, we have been saying since the first game in League 1, our defence is the Achilles heel. We are now in the fifth season and cannot rely on scoring three goals a game. Time to get this troublesome area sorted

The fans
This was the first time since Marching on together has been played after half time that the fans were mainly silent when it was played that tells you how bad the first half was.

On a positive note, we got three points, moved up the table and its Bristol City next week, Kilkenny and all. Plus Becchio is back and scoring


Thanks Tiny for your views

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 11 2011

Time: 7:22AM

Your Comments

I have read the fans view whilst getting it ready for the front page. The one thing that really stood out for me was a 4 for McCormack. A striker that is paid to score goals and scored a brace. At the same time, players like Sam who are on for fifteen minutes, ouscore him and like you say 'did little' get a 5. Seen the goals on the TV this morning and Taylor was at fault for the first goal after ball watching and not following his man. Geat though that Grayson had the faith to give the youngster a chance and he will learn and it was a great cross for McCormacks goal. Defence is shocking and like you say it desperately needs fixing. Like we all thought, Kisnorbo wouldn't have the same pace when he came back and he's being exposed. Lonergan is proving more than a capable replacement for Schmeichel, where as all those whingers who weren't happy with his signing gone? Nice for once to play badly and get three points after some of our better performances this season saw us come away with nothing. I hope Clayton is fit for next week, he was obviously missed in the middle and like you say, we are woefully short of numbers if we have to play an unfit and unwell duo in midfield. Full backs are going to get exposed all season with Nunez and Snodgrass in front of them, that is the main thing we will miss about Gradel.
dazza71
I have read the fans view whilst getting it ready for the front page. The one thing that really stood out for me was a 4 for McCormack. A striker that is paid to score goals and scored a brace. At the same time, players like Sam who are on for fifteen minutes, ouscore him and like you say 'did little' get a 5. Seen the goals on the TV this morning and Taylor was at fault for the first goal after ball watching and not following his man. Geat though that Grayson had the faith to give the youngster a chance and he will learn and it was a great cross for McCormacks goal. Defence is shocking and like you say it desperately needs fixing. Like we all thought, Kisnorbo wouldn't have the same pace when he came back and he's being exposed. Lonergan is proving more than a capable replacement for Schmeichel, where as all those whingers who weren't happy with his signing gone? Nice for once to play badly and get three points after some of our better performances this season saw us come away with nothing. I hope Clayton is fit for next week, he was obviously missed in the middle and like you say, we are woefully short of numbers if we have to play an unfit and unwell duo in midfield. Full backs are going to get exposed all season with Nunez and Snodgrass in front of them, that is the main thing we will miss about Gradel.
dazza71
I dont disagee with most of your comments Tiny as it was a shocker and definately stunned the crowd into silence but some of your marking leaves me puzzled. McCormack was guilty of being greedy and 'Hollywood' passes as you say when others were in the clear but having scored two goals he has to be worth at least a six. I thought Brown was worth no more than a 3 despie being ill and Howson no more than a 4 with Nunez are 4.5. All were poor. I think Kisnorbos 4 is about right but the two young full backs deserved a 7 each for working so hard with no support at all from midfield. O'Dea did well in my books and was a 7 at least as he was playing to cover Kisnorbo all match. Keogh had a poor game and Becchio revitalised that area of the pitch and looked a class better. Forssell will improve but did little other than his flick on for the goal but at least added extra energy. Sam was invisible after coming on and contributed nothing.
erni
I dont disagee with most of your comments Tiny as it was a shocker and definately stunned the crowd into silence but some of your marking leaves me puzzled. McCormack was guilty of being greedy and 'Hollywood' passes as you say when others were in the clear but having scored two goals he has to be worth at least a six. I thought Brown was worth no more than a 3 despie being ill and Howson no more than a 4 with Nunez are 4.5. All were poor. I think Kisnorbos 4 is about right but the two young full backs deserved a 7 each for working so hard with no support at all from midfield. O'Dea did well in my books and was a 7 at least as he was playing to cover Kisnorbo all match. Keogh had a poor game and Becchio revitalised that area of the pitch and looked a class better. Forssell will improve but did little other than his flick on for the goal but at least added extra energy. Sam was invisible after coming on and contributed nothing.
erni
Good report Tiny a usual...I'm not to go on about any of the marks...There was only a few players that stood out as far as I'm conserned of course Becchio is one and Lonergan is the other...Grayson would want to sort out this team before it's to late! We were all over the place in all the wrong places...Shocking...
iwa
Good report Tiny a usual...I'm not to go on about any of the marks...There was only a few players that stood out as far as I'm conserned of course Becchio is one and Lonergan is the other...Grayson would want to sort out this team before it's to late! We were all over the place in all the wrong places...Shocking...
iwa
well its official - Tiny really is a muppet - sixes for howson and brown and a 3 for keough?? - should have gone to specsavers fella ... oh and how can you give a 4 to a guy that scored 2 goals ?? (both from "hollywood" moves no doubt??) hes a strikers ffs - its his job to go for it
simonfire1
well its official - Tiny really is a muppet - sixes for howson and brown and a 3 for keough?? - should have gone to specsavers fella ... oh and how can you give a 4 to a guy that scored 2 goals ?? (both from "hollywood" moves no doubt??) hes a strikers ffs - its his job to go for it
simonfire1
Most other sites give McCormack at least a 7, some have him as man of the match. Tiny, I know its your opinion but you have very strange ideas about some players and I remember from last season that it seemed if you didn't like a player they got scored badly no matter how they played. Its a poor reflection on this site when you such bad marks, especially to a player who scored twice.
King Billy
Most other sites give McCormack at least a 7, some have him as man of the match. Tiny, I know its your opinion but you have very strange ideas about some players and I remember from last season that it seemed if you didn't like a player they got scored badly no matter how they played. Its a poor reflection on this site when you such bad marks, especially to a player who scored twice.
King Billy
 

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