Anybody heard of any rumours surrounding Drenthe, someone on twitter claims he's been informed that he was out on the piss last night and not in a fit state to be involved today.
Could be bollocks but maybe someone is hearing similar or different things?.
Back to the game. I wasn't confident of us getting a win at Swansea today anyway, not with them in good form and solid at home and us going about games the way we do, standing off and inviting pressure, i felt Swansea would have a field day with time and space that we allow teams.
But looking at that midfield i think it could be a long day at the office for us. Neville in CM says it all for me, he's slow and the 3 in midfield for Swansea will pass round him all day, and Swansea are just as good off the ball with there closing down and work rate so the likes of Neville, Hibbert and Cahill who aren't very good on the ball and panic when under pressure will come unstuck today and either get forced into playing back alot or giving the ball away cheaply or hoofing it, same with Ossie really, being put under pressure he can come unstuck aswell at times and dwell on the ball.
I'd of probs gone with Stracq upfront today for his work rate, don't get me wrong, Jelavic puts himself about but Stracq chases all day long and we'll need that up top today to stop them playing from out the back and getting into there rhythm.
We never do or its very rare but we need to press the opposition and get in there faces and further up the pitch aswell, we cant just get in are banks of 4 and 5 and sit deep in our half and let them play in front of us cos Swansea will just keep the ball for fun and break us down eventually, they don't panic and in a matter of passes go back and then long up front like a certain team i know, and funnily enough support, they'll just keep on playing and playing, from left to centre to right and back until gaps appear and then they can exploit it!. That's why for me we need to start pressing higher up the pitch and stop there backline playing into midfield and cut off that supply and force them into a different game, we have to get close and spoil the game and turn it into are favour, a battle and then we might come away with something.