Sunday, 26 February 2012
At Last, Allardyce admits HE might have got it Wrong!
Wow, the word "might" is in there of course, but that is as close as we are ever going to get to the egomaniac putting his hands up and saying, "Blame me because I cocked up".
And he did of course. He got it wrong either by starting with Maynard instead of Cole if he wanted to play 4-3-3 at home, or he got it wrong by opting for 4-3-3 in the first place rather than playing Maynard and Cole together from the start. Maynard looked totally lost from the very first minute. Time and again the ball was played up to him with his back to goal but he lacked the skill and strength to take it, control it and play it with a lump of a defender up his arse. Taking the ball off Maynard was like taking sweets off a baby. Fans criticise Cole, but the tribulations of Maynard should give them pause for thought - leading the line alone aint easy!
What I found intriguing was the apparent plan to send on Cole when Tomkins took the knock on the head. We hadn't even reached the half way point of the first half, but Allardyce was already considering replacing his holding midfielder with a striker. The trouble is, when Tomkins recovered, Allardyce prevaricated and waited until half time before making the change.
Once we switched to 4-4-2, we looked so much more effective. Where Palace over ran us in the first half, cutting through our midfield at will, and suffocating any attempts we made to get the ball forward by closing down the lightweight Maynard, we now controlled the ball and found a shape. Our football still wasn't great, but it was a hell of a lot better!
So Allardyce should have left out that word "might". He did make a mistake. He picked the wrong team and employed the wrong tactics and a rookie manager out thought him. Palace looked by far the better team to me, not because they have better players, although Zaha looks useful, but because their manager organised them better. Allardyce then compounded that mistake because of his safety first mentality. The plan to replace Tomkins with Cole shows that he knew what was wrong, but once necessity relented, Allardyce vacillated and waited for half time before making the change, wasting a quarter of the game. He then left Maynard on for more than half of the second period, even though it was obvious that the guy was having a complete mare.
The guy I really feel sorry for in all this is Baldock. He has been treated in a shoddy way since his arrival at Upton Park and Allardyce deflected criticism of himself yesterday by pointing the finger of blame cruelly at the young striker when he said, "We had probably the two best chances with Sam, but we couldn't convert them." So, in the end it wasn't Big Sam's fault after all, Little Sam has to carry the can. Never mind that the guy has been sat on the bench since his return from injury and never mind that he made his chances by finding space that didn't exist when Maynard was on the pitch, he is fingered as the ultimate reason why we didn't win. I'll tell you what, if I was Baldock I would be pretty pissed off reading those comments! Crucify yourself for your own mistakes Allardyce, don't pass your cross to others!
Posted by Hammersfan at 11:30