Pretty decent results for the squad then. Me I thought Cabaye and Tiote at their best complimented each other rather well. The whole was more than the sum of the parts. Cisse had a mad half season too, everything he touched turned to gold.
I think Pardew got lucky with a cracking first 11 mate. A top manager would have been challenging for the title with that squad. Cabaye and Tiote in the middle for example. World class. Great players right through the side for that season.
Me I think Rafa would have vetoed the signing of St Maximum given his reported "history". He would have found us another gem like Murphy instead who will be a good boy and do as he is told. Go out on loan for example.
I think he has done well with the players at his disposal and far better than Rafa would have. I can't imagine Rafa would have let St Maximum and Almiron off the leash to play so far forward for example. But I don't think he is the right man to take us forward if the takeover goes ahead.
Bournemouth are awful. Remember when Eddie Howe was lauded as a great young manager? I think he has stayed a season or two too long. Good effort by our lads to put them to the sword 'though. Very entertaining.
The issue here is we don't have a player on the books who would get in the Man City reserves squad. Therefore unless they have an "off day" the result is inevitable. Bruce set it up to avoid embarrassment and the unlikely chance of a freak result.
What do we think, anyone fancy it?
Looking at the quarter final draw mind it's amazing isn't it? 4 of the "glamour clubs" left in the competition, Man C, ManU, Chelsea and Arsenal and they all drew apart. Imagine that.
Leon Best would walk into this side.
No-one defending Lascelles today?
As for our world class goalkeeper...................another 2 points hoyed in.
Don't accept the crumbs Ashley leaves on the table.
Anybody watch it? Just sat through it this afternoon. Sheffield were like a pub team. Our lads generally looked pretty decent against said walking pace pub team (as they should) with the exception of Lascelles, who played exactly as he always does. Repeatedly out of position and trying to...