Pure Poyetry: hating to lose to QPR

Jake earns his stripes
Jake earns his stripes

Malcolm Dawson writes….even this early in the season I had a feeling this game could be the defining one. The way I saw it was that a win would engender confidence and the belief that those teams who will be lower half were beatable, leading to a comfortable campaign and a top ten finish. Lose it and we allow a team we should be expecting to finish below us to snatch the initiative with three points, meaning they are a point above us rather than five behind. Today’s result, though only one game, could well be the precursor to yet another season of underachievement. Gus sees it differently as he explains in his post match e-mail to M. Salut.

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox
Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox
Dear Colin,

If we analyse the whole game we can say that we were very good for the first 25 to 30 minutes.

Away from home we were expecting them to come straight at us and put us under pressure but they couldn’t because we had the ball and the best of the chances.

We were in control but maybe that shot from Leroy Fer that hit the crossbar created momentum for QPR. We didn’t cope well in the last few minutes of the first half and we made mistakes that we shouldn’t have made and ultimately conceded.

We adjusted and then in the first 15 minutes of the second half there was nothing in the game but we just couldn’t break them down. It would have been totally different to go into half time at 0-0 – like I said we made three or four consecutive mistakes before the goal and we gave them the momentum.

The timing of the goal did kill us and I was not expecting to concede from a set piece as we have been very good at defending them so far; it is something we need to look at and ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Robert Green was very good today, he is an experienced goalkeeper and they had an experienced backline.

I don’t like to lose – I hate it – but there is a big difference between the way that we lost today and the way we were losing last year.

Thanks for your support,

Gus Poyet

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World Cup: just one more thing Robert

Actually, this won’t be quite the last word on Robert Green’s fumble. Indeed, Jeremy Robson argues, it will haunt the poor man forever – though he feels the blame actually lies elsewhere. Step forward, Mr Capello. …

Quite why English players and managers wait until they reach a World Cup finals to press the self destruct button, who knows?

Robert Green has committed himself to cameo clips for the next several decades.

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Luke’s World Cup: Group C goalkeeping woes deepen

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Luke Harvey considers an opening weekend in Group C that left Robert Green and Faouzi Chaouchi thankful for each other’s existence, and England drawing consolation from today’s Algeria v Sloveia game producing a result, leaving us joint mid-table instead of joint bottom …

Group C is far from the Group of Death, Group of Goalkeeping Howlers perhaps.

First Rob Green, England’s apparent number one, managed to turn Clint Dempsey’s innocuous looking long range effort into his own net. The gaffe sent the media into a frenzied overdrive as tabloids searched for the wittiest headline to describe the incident.

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England 1 USA 1: got a spare keeper anyone?

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Darren Bent’s exclusion meant we weren’t really supposed to be too bothered. But an early goal does wonders for everyone’s moral. Doesn’t it? Well, not if followed by 40 minutes of abysmal football and a comic cuts equaliser. Did it get better in the second half? Not a great deal. Best out of that lot, Darren! …


This is an updated version of the halftime posting …


It would
not be quite right to say the French commentator could actually be heard salivating when Robert Green, for months linked with a move to a club with an infinitely better keeper (Sunderland), made his pathetic fumble to allow Clint Dempsey’s ordinary, somewhat hopeful long-range strike to spin away from him and over the line.

All the same, the man from TF1 did sound a little excited (though Arsène Wenger, by his side, was altogether more level-headed).

Well, fair play to the French. After a dismal warm-up, and an opening game they dominated without ever really looking like winning, they needed something to cheer them up. The USA’s equaliser served that purpose.

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HT: England 1 USA 1: Green-fingered calamity

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Darren Bent’s exclusion meant we weren’t really supposed to be too bothered. But an early goal does wonders for everyone’s moral. Doesn’t it? Well, not if followed by 40 minutes of abysmal football and a comic cuts equaliser. Best out of that lot, Darren! …


It would
not be quite right to say the French commentator could actually be heard salivating when Robert Green, for months linked with a move to a club with an infinitely better keeper (Sunderland), made his pathetic fumble to allow Clint Dempsey’s ordinary, somewhat hopeful long-range strike to spin away from him and over the line. All the same, the man from TF1 did sound a little excited (though Arsene Wenger, by his side, was altogether more level-headed).

Well, fair play to the French. After a dismal warm-up, and an opening game they dominated without ever really looking like winning, they needed something to cheer them up. The USA’s equaliser served that purpose.

Read moreHT: England 1 USA 1: Green-fingered calamity