John McCormick writes:Time will tell whether or not Gus got this one right. I knew he’d make changes. I knew he’d start Scorchio. I expected Fletch to get more time on the clock. But I didn’t expect the Gaffer to say to Catts:
“We can’t afford a replay. Even if you get a booking I’m keeping you on the pitch and, if there’s any chance of a draw, I want you to give them a couple of goals”
That’s what it looks like he did. What else can explain this display and, especially, the last 20 minutes against a side that epitomised humdrum, narky, petultant football? I was envisaging booking train tickets this evening but Hull are at Wembley. Well, we can’t complain, we didn’t deserve anything, so good luck to them.
That’s my explanation. Maybe I’ve got it wrong. Maybe you’ll disagree with me. Will you also disagree with the gaffer? Here, in his personal post-match missive to M Salut (and many, many others), he gives us the lowdown on a troublesome fixture:
I’m not going to go too deep into this, we weren’t good enough, we didn’t create enough and we didn’t adapt to the game or the circumstances.
The only way to get something from a game when things aren’t going your way is to defend well and we did not do that – especially for their first goal.
The goal changed the game; we didn’t come to hold the game we wanted to win it.
I brought players on who are regularly in the team for us; the fans were very happy to see Fabio and Johnno come on and then two minutes later we conceded a goal.
Sometimes the decisions you make work and sometimes they don’t. They [Borini and Johnson] are not responsible for the goal, but the game changed at that point.
We’ve been talking about cup games for weeks and then maybe a return to Wembley; it’s over now. No more talking or analysis, it’s all about the Barclays Premier League.
Next week is where our battle starts. We need to go out and create more; we’re at home so we need to take the game to Crystal Palace.
We need to concentrate on the league, sometimes I don’t like to make out that a game is like a cup final but I think it’s the only way we can approach our remaining games.
We cannot give any more points away, we can’t complain any more, we need to go out and be man enough to win our games.
All the best,
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