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June 10, 2011

Oz vs Serbia thoughts …

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 11:28 am

Enjoyed watching the game.  Ish.  Where to start.

Maybe with something positive.  OK, some love for Archie.  No, he didn`t have a great game.  Yes, he faded and made some wrong choices.  He killed one air born pass with a lovely touch.  How many other socceroos can do that?  Once he did get active, he showed excellent mobility, linked up with holman well.  That layoff for Holman?  Sweet.  And the play where he shot at goal instead of squaring for Holman … again, we have how many socceroos who can dribble?

Archie, you rock.  Holman did his thing.  The socceroo most likely to make something happen.  Was it a bad thing that so much of our good play ran through him?  1 player can be stopped … eh, dunno.

McKay again did his thing.  I am very interested in the idea of little McKay playing in the centre of the pitch when the WC qualifiers come around.  He wouldn`t be playing against giants, and his nous, mobility and engine might be needed there.

My new phrase for last week was “a curate`s egg”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curate%27s_egg

Jedi is a curate`s egg.  Sometimes his distribution just goes awful.  But then he will be okay for a while.  His work in the air, his tackle, and that free kick pile driver all make me smile.  But then he will pass to the other team while under no pressure.  It makes me sad.

This game also made me wonder about Valeri.  He showed some lovely glimpses of very good pass and move that really opened things up in the second half.  But at other times he was very average.

But how much blame can the men in the middle take when their central defenders are almost at the 18 yard box?  All the great attributes that Neill and Og-monster bring … is it worth it if the space between the lines is so wide?  Doesn`t that leave the central area exposed?  Compact it was not.  The difficult choice – Bring in defenders who can play a higher line.  Or bring in attackers with enough speed to counter and play on the break from deep.

Old man Emmo. Wonderful servant etc etc.  But is he the guy you want lining up on the right of midfield?  Time has not been kind.  I think he might still have a substantial role for the Socceroos, but I don`t think it is in the attacking third.  Hiddink used him around the park, and I could see him offering something as one of the defensive mids; a shuttling kind of role.  Or even at the back against the right matchup.

One last thought.  I know the futility of comparing our teams against the best.  Of course they fall far short.  Why make such a silly comparison?  But the last footy I watched before this game was Barca vs Man U.  And I made those kind of comparisons.  Even though I didn`t want to.  I wasn`t thinking about how skilful the Barca players were, or smart.  Or anything like that.  I was thinking about how hard they work.  The other attrbutes mentioned, no we can`t match that.  But work rate?  Yeah, international friendly at the end of a long season …

One last last thought.  Looking forward to seeing Williams get a chance at midfield or CB : )

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