Everton away. What was the score? Lost 3-1
How is it that you can sign 10 players but then 4 months later say that the squad needs freshening up? But that is precisely what is required after another defeat today - the 6th time in 10 games we have conceded 3 or more goals.
We did create chances, and were a combination of unfortunate and crap in front of goal, but it was at the back where we were undone again. A penalty, given when Rommedahl found himself the last man between himself and the goalkeeper, and then two set pieces where defensively we were just bullied by two Tim Cahill goals that were enough to give us our 4th consecutive away loss. Clearly the win on New Years Eve against the Hammers, like the victory over Sunderland, was again more luck than judgement.
Curbishley blamed tiredness, even though we played less games over the festive period than Everton, although blimey that long first-class flight to and from Newcastle must have really taken it out of the players!
Regular visitors to What was the score?
will know I do not walk around wearing a "I love Kish"
t-shirt, however he has been one of only a couple of players to have come out of the last 11 games with any credit. I always believed we could sign Lampard, Gerrard and Viera, yet Curbs would still play the Bulgarian. So, did I miss something on the first day of the transfer window? Curbs' decisions have always caused debate, but at the minute they are causing serious disconcertion.
More concerns include the continued head dropping of Danny Murphy. I don't want to contemplate it but I really worry that Curbishley will consider selling Rommedahl and Murphy in an effort to reconstruct the squad. The squad that he added 10 players too in the summer! Fuck it, chuck Bent as well.
I'm getting myself worked up here. Time for bed, I'm sure it will all be alright in the morning. Goodnight.
Reports from those that were there: Daily Telegraph
; BBC Sport
; Addicks Diary