i was thinking about this game last night in my sleep to try to pin-point how things could have been better.
i was confused as to whether it was tiredness/fitness, laziness or even the fucking cold weather affecting some of the players performance.
i take nothing away from gerrard, kelly and even konchesky, they showed energy and drive to TRY win the game. the others were largely static. jonjo, although i dont expect matchwinning performances from him, looked scared silly to be on the pitch.
mostly, i was disappointed with the performance of kuyt, lucas and possibly maxi, who did look lethargic and not really too interested. in a way, it was good to see some youth players come on for a couple of the senior players, but i dont know.
even last year, when playing against the lower sides, some of the senior playing staff didnt look arsed about winning against the lower sides and when theyre playing bigger sides, theyre completely different. i'm not so sure if there is a lack of motivation/drive in the players or their fitness.
in addition, we were poor tactically. so all things considered, we should have lost that match. more worryingly, our senior players* lacking motivation against lower sides, and our manager not playing hungry and eager players may well cost us. as it did last year.
* = you cannot count gerrard in this group of players, he looked hungry as ever to try to win this game, torres the same, but lacked that bit of fitness. keeping them on the pitch was our only way to get a goal its the rest of the thirty somethings that should have pushed forward. konchesky tried, but he is hampered by his lack of quality, but his enthusiasm was there.