Having not been on the site I can't see what's controversial about Rimbo's post.
I'm therefore assuming that the result yesterday has been met with some considerable criticism?!
On the main points of the post:
Hibbo, I thought, did ok. Obviously the og looks bad but it's very hard to tell whether anyone else would have done better or worse. Maybe Distin did have to bail him out, but is there ever a game when a CB partner does not have to help the other?
I've only seen Duffy a couple of times and he's looked ok, however in the Bate game he made a mistake for their goal and for the next 10 mins he completely lost it and could have cost another 1 or 2 goals. It is tough to judge on that, but also most people have no idea what he really looks like and will be basing their opinion on the fact that he wasn't there to make mistakes or not.
The forward issue isn't really an issue either for me.
Apart from 4 or so games the Yak has looked well off the pace. Saha hasn't even managed that and Beckford has only really looked good when thrown on as a sub. In th games he did start he looked short in terms of hold up play which is vital at PL level.
These are points which most people have made during the season. There certainly isn't 1 forward who has made a creditable claim for the starting role so we have to look for alternatives.
Pushing Cahill up and putting Rodwell in (a player who most want to see on the pitch more) isn't the most bizarre decision ever made. Personally I would have made more of a distinction of positioning between Rodwell and Arteta by ensuring that Rodwell was right behind Cahill, but that's a minor quibble.
There's always scope for arguments about subs; hindsight is very easily applied to them as people only really see the potential positive side of the change that they would have made.
Once the Yak had come on there was little scope for many other changes. Maybe Coleman could have come off but for me it looked like he had a good chance of beating Spector when he had the ball. Then apart from that who else do you haul off?
Arteta and Pienaar are the play makers, you're not going to sub the Yak, subbing Cahill is illogical and you can't take Felli off.
Replacing any of them would have been a massive gamble and on recent showings from the available options, none of them would have made a compelling case ( realistically).
It was a point away from home against a committed side who have found a small amount of form recently, as Rimbs said, in isolation nowhere near a terrible result.
Besides which, we're not in good enough form to expect to play anyone, home or away, and simply roll them over.