Lord Tony Smith wrote:
Do you not think Welbeck and Rooney have to similar playing style, i.e. fast, sharp, movement, whereas Carroll offers something different, a massive airel threat, big presence and will hold up the play, and give flicks ons to Rooney etc. As I've said, Carroll and Rooney could be devastatingly good.
You may be right but Welbeck has been terrific so far for me plus he plays with Rooney and I don't think you can underestimate the importance of rapport between players. They've created enough opportunities for themselves this season so I'd be a bit loathe to keep Carroll in when we'd do well to concentrate on picking them off on the break, similar to what United do very well.
Ordsall Quays Red wrote:
Was an excellent turn around for me. From a position of relative comfort at half-time to being all over the shop after an hour to winning and possibly winning by more than we did in the end. One thing that can't be faulted is the team spirit and determination to get out of the hole we got ourselves into.
Agreed. With all the talk of defensive approaches and "Capello was doing the same thing", the one thing that shone yesterday was spirit. I've seen far too many English teams capitulate or run out of ideas when the opposition has scored. Being a goal up to one behind would normally signal trouble but the players rose to the challenge yesterday, particularly Roy of the Rovers, and it was very pleasing to see. It's something we could have done many years ago if various managers had realised you can't play Gerrad and Lampard in the same team. Like Peter Reid in '86 and Gascoigne in '90, injuries/suspensions may have given us the prompts we needed to go for it instead of resting on international experience.