"Intelligent but stupid" - Ahab
Anyone got a gif of Nzonzi's full body tackle on Dembele? I need to see that ridiculous shit again.
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First how could you feel sorry for that little cunt of a man. They should have had at least one red card and we should have had a penalty.I felt sorry for the referee throughout as he was having an absolute 'mare, although feeling sorry didn't stop me throwing out a fair few Fs, Cs and all the rest in his direction. He should really do something else for his living.
Tactically, we looked wooden, and I don't think Ade or Bale had their best games. Lennon worked hard again, lots of hassling and chasing back. Our set pieces were woeful, and AVB's subs removed what little cutting edge we had. Gylfi has got to step up soon and show that he can make a meaningful contribution at a bigger club. I also think that plain old 4-4-2 did not work against Stoke, but why couldn't AVB see it?
How cool would it be if he actually said "Woolwich"?!AVB said:"No one enjoys being level on points with Woolwich at this club," Villas-Boas said.
"I have experienced this rivalry for the first time this year and I have spoken very highly about it before.
"It is an extremely healthy competition between both teams, but we have to continue now.
"Today was a difficult game. Stoke are an extremely competitive and physical team who are difficult to break down.
"I want to be extremely positive as the players really tried hard.
Were you watching the rugby?Why does eveyone blame the strikers, and not the service they are given?
Not only that - but the pair of them had to operate inside the adventurous 5-5-0 environment that Stoke operated, before they got really jiggy and moved to 5-4-1 when Crouch came on.
What we lack is a creative ball carrying midfielder, and against Stoke we played without effective flankers and a number 8 to challenge Huth at the lineouts.