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04 Mar 2018 07:17:08
Lost for words after that second half performance
How can Allardayce substitute Sigurdsson? And leave Martina on, help me someone as I don't understand logic anymore.

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04 Mar 2018 07:55:31
YOU do.

04 Mar 2018 08:43:23
I actually thought Martina was ok again. I thought it was our central 2 that were very poor again. Keane and Williams just cannot play together. Both have a mistake in them and both Burnley goals were a direct result from poor center half decisions added to having a short goalkeeper again. Pickford is amazing at shot stopping but we have conceded time and time again this season from corners and free kicks. Conversely, we have the best set piece taker in the league in Siggy, yet we take corner after corner and free kick after free kick and never seem to score ourselves. Statistically we now have the worst defence in the Premiership. so it is obvious where we need to improve. stop leaking goals! Jags is past it, but better than Williams and Keane by a mile. Holgate is young but does not seem to make the mistakes those 2 do. So rather than focussing on Martina, I would change to Jags and Holgate immediately. I would also want another center half signing next window first anf foremost. Against teams like Burnley who lump it forward in the air and focus on set pieces I would have Robles in. He is tall enough to come and claim the ball. Pickford is rooted to the spot nearly every time. Van Dijk got one the same. The 2nd Burnley goal was within Pickford's 3 yard area. (but yes Williams and Keane were out manouvered) . andI amsure we have conceded many more this way in similar fashion. It is basic stuff and we should be doing better.

04 Mar 2018 09:13:44
degsy we missed out on an old fashioned centre half in harry maguire.

04 Mar 2018 10:24:46
So your happy that the left half of the pitch is left wide open because Martina hasn't got a clue what he is doing.
How you thought he played ok is baffling. It's like watching a five year old in a school game.

04 Mar 2018 10:27:47
Martina was torn to pieces by Lennon, poor positional play as well, not his fault as he isn't even a good RB let alone a LB.

04 Mar 2018 10:38:57
Degsy, I would also suggest giving Robles a run in place of Pickford.

There is some support for bringing in Baines and Mori. Think to bring in both together would be a risk as both have been out long time with injury and need to work back to full match fitness, but put one in certainly now, maybe Mori in place of Williams having Jags on the bench ready.

Would put Williams top of the players list to depart this summer. He has let the club down badly many times this season and should certainly not wear the captains armband. That should go to Coleman.

Having Sam and Koeman as managers and both being defenders I fail to understand why they haven’t been able to mould a good defensive pairing. Is this all down to players not being good enough or poor coaching or lack of it.

Yesterday, it would have been obvious that Burnley would come out second half to get early equaliser and Everton should have been prepared for it.

Personally I don’t think the manager is bothered one way or the other on performance or results as I think he expects to go this summer or earlier and will collect his money owed.

Artefacts is raising a lot of interest. Due to his lack of managerial experience would it not be a good idea to get him in as assistant to the new manager with a view to being appointed manager in the future. Or is that not the way these days.

04 Mar 2018 11:22:31
Martina got torn a new one by Lennon all game Degs. Playing him and Williams in the same team is like starting with 9 men and opposing teams target them as our weak links.
Can't see what dropping Pickford for Robles would achieve, unless we want to concede even more per game. He has been one of our better performers thus far.

04 Mar 2018 11:31:32
Martina would not be playing in the Premiership or the Championship league for any team as he is simply not Good enough, how anyone can say he played OK baffles me.
Once Allardyce has the balls to address this problem then we could start to improve
6 million a year hard to swallow.

04 Mar 2018 13:56:10
I have to agree with some of the above, if anyone thinks Martina played well or is good enough for us then it is a very low bar they are setting.
Holgate is better than Keane and Williams and has been every time he has played so for me gets in the team every week.
Mori wasn't brilliant before his injury but as bad as he was, I haven't seen Keane have a good game for a while now. If Jags was fit I would have him and holgate until the end of the season.
Baines and Coleman (Coleman as captain)

04 Mar 2018 21:25:22
In response. no Martina is definately not good enough. Anyone can see that. But whilst I agree that Lennon gave him a torrid time. neither of the 2 goals we conceded came from Martina mistakes. Both goals came from mistakes between Keane, Williams and Pickford. The 1st goal. Keane was flat footed and Pickford should have been quickly off his line. The 2nd goal was a straight corner in. Nothing special yet both Keane and Williams lost their respective players they were marking. Pickford was rooted to the spot and the Burnley player headed in from about 3 yards out. A position that a taller keeper could have either punched clear or even possibly caught the ball. This has happened numerous times this season. Martina is not a left back so to criticise him is unfair. Koeman signed no left footers so Sig and Martina play on the left when they are both right footed.

{Ed025's Note - i tend to agree degsy..

04 Mar 2018 22:05:07
I wouldn't criticise Martina for the Burnley goals but he isn't good enough for us either at left or right back we need better.

Degsy i'm not sure which goal you watched when you say he could have saved it if he was taller. Burnleys 2nd goal was headed down to Pickfords right so why would he have saved it if he was taller?



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