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January 10, 2010

Thoughts on Newc vs Vic

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 8:02 am

Probably most fun I have had watching a game in a while.

The organisation and collective footballing IQ shown by a 10 man Newcastle was pretty impressive.  Watching a lumbering Topor-Stanley lumber intelligently around the whole field was kind of surprising.  Kind of impressive too.

That man Song had one of his better games imho.  I would love to see him take on defenders more – few can run with the ball at their feet in the a-league like he can.  Part of this is confidence, temperment – but it is also about roaming intelligently so you can create those matchups … not much point getting in a footrace with Matthew Kemp, but a footrace with Kevin Muscat or Roddy Vargas …

What is it about Muscat that makes him magically protected against cards?  A thoroughly dislikeable man.

PS.  Angulo had a game to forget.  Does he really offer more than a Dugandzic or a Pondeljak?

Topor-Stanley`s freedom to lumber forward came from the team`s understanding and covering for each other.  The Newc central pairing of Wheelhouse and D`Puzzo were quietly impressive.  If I was gonna criticize Da`Puzzo for anything, it would be for not trying to impose himself more … does the job in midfield, and has good ball control and the ability to keep the ball under pressure.

I don`t expect the bald striker from Newc to be a sub next year.  A smaller, mobile striker who has excellent strength is worth a start somewhere.


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