Liverpool away.What was the score? 0-0
A classic away point today. I actually enjoyed watching the game on television, it was a bit of a throw-back to days past when Bobby Bolder or Dean Kiely had one of those days when nothing was going to beat them.
Myhre was outstanding in a defensive five once again led by Chris Perry, who makes up for his lack of height by being such a clever player. Spector had a fantastic game not only marshalling Cisse, but was also unlucky with his shot on the turn in the 2nd half and his impressive surge forward in the 1st gave us valuable respite when we were under the cosh. HH and Young were also excellent.
However we offered little in midfield. It was good to see Curbs play two up front, although Bent (D) was indifferent, I thought that both Bent (M) and Bothroyd linked up play well.
But the midfield was completely lacking in any inspiration. Kish did well, but the argument that he is the best defensive midfielder in the club is obviously wasted on the manager who now seems to prefer him out wide. Why?
Hughes battled against far superior opposition but offered nothing going forward, Ambrose also appears lost out wide and Holland..... did he play?
One can only assume that we won't see Smertin again. Has he fallen out with Curbs? Surely he wasn't injured because he played 90 minutes against the world champions on Wednesday. I think Sparrows Lane is becoming like the Bermuda Triangle. Players are disappearing of the planet. Murphy, Smertin, where's Rommendahl? He was one player who I felt could have turned a backs-to-the-wall 0-0 into a shock 1-0 win today.
The introduction of Euell seemed to give the side a lift. How about a midfield 5 next week with Euell, Ambrose and Kish in the middle with Thomas and Romm if fit out wide? I'm not knocking three clean sheets on the trot but at some point we need to take a chance.
Reports from those that were there: All Quiet
; BBC Sport
; Shankly Gates