March 6, 2011
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I’m starting to get tired of analysing shambolic defensive performances like that – having started the game so competently, we suddenly started giving away needless free kicks, and conceding corners; before we knew it we were 1-0 down, after Doyle had got away from our defenders and Gomes made a real mess of the save. The second goal was quite ridiculous, with Hutton focussing on the ball, and not the man running off his shoulder, and the third probably more down to an excellent Jarvis cross than anything else. A disappointing defensive showing nonetheless.
Apologies for the picture quality.
The ball comes back out to Milijas following a corner. He is closed down by Pienaar.
Pienaar stops as the ball is played in, rather than continuing to close and attempting to block the ball. Notice Gallas in the box – the deepest man.
Doyle drops off Sandro and Jenas, whilst Gallas is pre-occupied with Elokobi, so he is left with a free header – totally unacceptable in the 6-yard box. All three of our defenders should share responsibility.
Whilst he has a free header, all he does is help it on, and it literally goes straight at Gomes. It almost goes through his hands in the end – he should do much better.
It’s almost as if Hutton didn’t learn from Fulham.
Doyle has the ball in a wide area, and looks to thread it through to Jarvis.
Hammill takes it off Jarvis’ toes. Notice Hutton marking Milijas.
Hammill shuffles the ball inside, and it runs kindly to Ward (I think) for a strike.
Ward’s touch is heavy, but it drops nicely for Doyle, who lines up a shot. Milijas takes a gamble, whilst Hutton is totally unaware (he is ball watching, a common Hutton error).
When the ball deflects into Milijas’ path he has stolen ahead of Hutton.
Hutton grabs Milijas out of desperation, meaning that he is not able to strike the ball cleanly. The penalty is rightly awarded, but Hutton is only yellow carded (he should be shown a red card for the denial of a clear goal scoring opportunity).
Doyle waits for Gomes to move, and slots the ball into the opposite corner.
Having won a header in the centre of the pitch, Hutton is slow to get out to Ebanks-Blake as the ball is played out to him.
This means that Ebanks-Blake has time to look for the on-rushing Jarvis, tracked by Sandro.
Hutton is not close enough to influence play, and Jarvis is quicker to the ball than Sandro.
Jarvis faces Sandro up, and I think Sandro could do more to stop the cross coming in.
He doesn’t really get close enough to block the cross – he is probably nervous about committing himself against the diminutive winger.
Wolves have two forwards in the box against our three defenders.
But the ball is an excellent one and Fletcher anticipates it brilliantly, getting up early above Dawson, who is beaten by the quality of the delivery.
Gomes has little chance with the header, which is well angled back across him.