Cardiff were never going to lie down and let us beat them, they were going to come at us from the start, it looked like their game plan was to get an early lead and hang on to it for as long as they could, hitting us on the break whenever they had the chance.
The pitch was dire and the home support made our players feel as welcome as a thorn stuck in the backside and although we should be beating teams in lower divisions for fun, the FA Cup brings out the best in a lot of lower league teams when they play against the big boys, especially when they have home advantage and we avoided a potential banana skin against Cardiff. I expect the replay at our patch to be a total different outcome.
OK we didn’t win, we were outplayed for large periods of the 1st half, but we didn’t lose and that’s the most important thing.
I wasn’t happy that we’ve been taken to a replay by a championship side, but its far from disastrous. It was a weak performance but it doesn’t mean our season is over. We are still in the cup and we have been given a home draw in the next round against opposition we should easily beat, so it ain’t time to slit our wrists just yet.
Fabianski… 7….Had the free kick that hit the bar covered and came out commandingly for the high and long balls. This lad doesn’t mess about and although I feel he needs to calm down a bit, hes pushing Almunia for that #1 jersey. I feel this lad is a class keeper in the making. Almunia would have left a couple of them crosses for the defenders to deal with and the scoreline may have been different.
Sagna…5…Woeful crossing again, and his defensive positioning was questionable at times. As one of the senior members in the team, he should of had more influence in this game.
Toure…6…not the best performance ever, that said we didn’t concede so some credit has to go to the defence has we were under siege for parts of the game.
JD…6…same as kolo, nothing outstanding but job done.
Gibbs…6…did nothing wrong really, a few misplaced passes but who didn’t do the same???
Eboue…1….@#**#**@!!???#@@** sell him, waste of wage, total embarrassment to the shirt and hes getting worse and worse, any other player in any other team would of been dropped by now and their contract tore to shreds. People say he brings a lot to the team because he’s well liked in the dressing room because he makes people laugh, well he makes the opposition players, fans and the commentators laugh too when he plays. Three years of this, I’ve had enough, get rid. End of.
Eboue’s job. his other job his pastime
Although we wont get much money for him now we could always sell him on.
Ramsey…4…felt sorry for the lad, we know he can play, he was under pressure everytime he touched the ball, constantly booed and was clearly affected and tried too hard, he lost composure. He must of thought he still played for Cardiff as every pass seemed to go astray. He got a good ovation when he went off, but a game to forget for our welsh whizz kid.
Nasri…6…doesnt play to his max when hes stuck on the wing, doesnt get involved enough and its a waste of talent.
Bendtner…5…why doesnt he play like he does when he comes on as a sub???
RVP…6…didnt get a hold of the game, went close with a free kick but he didnt get much support from the midfield so he found it difficult to break Cardiff down.
Diaby…6…plenty of penetrating runs but seems to always run out of ideas at vital times
Adebayor…4…no point him coming on, made no impact and fluffed an easy chance that you’d expect most 80k a week strikers to finish with their eyes closed.
Jacky…not on long enough to do anything.
We’ve got to start demanding more from our squad players, because not for the first time this season they have proved that they are not good enough.