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The Road To Amsterdam ArenA (UEFA Europa League 2013) - THE END


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I thought Benfica won.

They did but we've an away goal and we've seen we can get in behind them, the tie isn't necessarily over. Meanwhile the Mackems can watch on as we go at it hammer and tongs a couple of days before the derby. But you knew all this by my post, Chez.

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I can't help but feel we still haven't seen the best of Cabaye and probably won't ever. I don't know if it's because he's playing deep or it's because he thinks he is Alonso with his distribution. Very often, he tries some ridiculous balls that are never going to reach our player.

 

For me, he's class when on song, but he doesn't stamp his authority on games enough to be a world class player.

 

Also he's far too inconsistent for us. When he plays for France on the other hand, he looks like a much better player. Is it because of the players around him or is it because of his role in the team?

 

Totally agree with you. We have seen glimpses of his ability to push up and inflict pain on teams but I think it's more to do with his instructions rather than suddenly becoming a poor player.

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That was hard to take, two one on ones missed, post hit twice, two complete fuck ups out of the blue by Taylor and Santon. The big winner from tonight has to be the Mackems.

 

I agree, a good spanking is easier to take that what could have been. Cisse could have had four and two stupid individual errors as well. Gutted.

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First goal was a poor one as well, aye it was unlucky it fell to their bloke but Krull got both hands behind the first shot, should have been pushed away not batted down in front. Basic goalkeeping rule that one.

 

Aye but given the speed the ball was travelling at it's understandable why he was unable to push it out to the side, can't blame him too much.

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I agree, a good spanking is easier to take that what could have been. Cisse could have had four and two stupid individual errors as well. Gutted.

 

Is it fuck, it was a reasonably encouraging performance and gives us hope for the second leg.

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Aye but given the speed the ball was travelling at it's understandable why he was unable to push it out to the side, can't blame him too much.

 

Oh I'm not decrying him hugely, was a strange save all the same, his hands were balled into fists, if they'd been spread (a'la the Benfica goalie when he minutely deflected Cisse's effort) the ball would naturally have been deflected as opposed to blocked back. Looked strange as he was reaching yet his fists were balled up when the natural action would be to reach with spread hands.

 

Just struck me, at the time, that the way the ball came back from an airborne dive towards the side was a bit strange.

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Loads of negativity, the result seems awful when u go 1 nil up, but a 2 nil win and were through. If we get the first goal next Thursday the stadium will b rocking and we could quite easily get the second. Its not over by a long stretch

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Loads of negativity, the result seems awful when u go 1 nil up, but a 2 nil win and were through. If we get the first goal next Thursday the stadium will b rocking and we could quite easily get the second. Its not over by a long stretch

 

End of thread :jonas:

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Aye but given the speed the ball was travelling at it's understandable why he was unable to push it out to the side, can't blame him too much.

 

it was a one handed save

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Well it was a great trip even with the result. Lovely city and really nice people (although most fans we met were Sporting supporters so they were all keen for us to win).

Really wish I'd taken today off work though!

 

For the game, I thought we played well and there's no way we're out of it but I agree there's no way we'll stop them scoring (their pace and movement was excellent) so we'll need to win by three goals to go through and that will be very difficult!

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The problem is, there is no way Benfica aren't going to score in the second leg.

 

Debatable. Mbiwa could have reacted quicker for their first goal and we gifted the next 2. That's in a home game. They aren't going to be half as adventurous in the away leg

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I can see us scoring a couple but we need to be so careful not to be caught on the break. Having to chase the game would become self destructive.

 

Whatever defenders we can put out need to be sharper than they were in Portugal.

 

Obviously an early goal would help but the fans need to be patient and not encourage us to go gung-ho.

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