Dire game. Saw Andy Reid was in the side so decided to watch it.
First half, Andy Reid was playing so well I was hoping Trappatoni was watching. Keane had him on the left and Richardson in the middle. Reid literally created three golden chances for Cisse who bottled them all. He also hit the bar with a great chip. Sunderland were unlucky not to get 2 penalties in fairness altho there was a touch of the GAA forward special about the second one as I thought Cisse grabbed Collins arm and dragged him down. West Ham scored with a deflection after a free kick. They also missed one of the worst sitters of this or any other season to make it 2-0.
Second half was crying out for Reid to be moved into the centre. Richardson was being knocked off the ball regularly and Whitehead was just awful on the ball. Reid created another golden chance for Cisse who fucked it up again. After about an hour Sunderland made two changes. Malbranque who was having a stinker was subbed for Edwards, Murphy also came on. Cisse, Richardson, Whitehead and Jones could have all made way but Keane inexplicably took off Reid, their only bit of quality in the side. The rest of the game was predictable. Sunderland hitting long ball after long ball on top of Upson and Collins head. Diouf also came on late on for Jones. I thought he would surely be going up front but it seemed to me as if he was a defensive midfielder. Bizarre but then nothing ever make sense when it comes to Keane’s tactics.
I actually feel sorry for Niall Quinn after the game. Sunderland were weak throughout. Bardsley is a useless indisciplined clown at right back. His centre halves, Ferdinand and Nosworthy are poor. Collins aint great. Malbranque has quality but isnt suited by the long ball shambles that Keane seems to encourage. Whitehead is one of the worst players in the Premier League. Reminds me of Gavin McCann at his worst at Villa. Richardson is knocked off the ball continously. Cisse is a complete clown up front. Selfish, cant head the ball or wont hold it up. Jones is just a poor player. The players they brought on, 2 forwards Murphy and Diouf who wouldnt score in a Thai whore house and Edwards who aint great.
After all the money spent that is what Sunderland are left with. Zero gameplan, zero tactics and a crowd that got on their back from the moment they went behind. A side going absolutely nowhere.
West Ham are a poor poor team. I have them backed to go down. Sunderland’s hoofing suited their defence perfectly. Scott Parker had a fine game in midfield tho. Carlton Cole can hold the ball up well but couldnt hit a cows arse with a banjo. He bullied the Sunderland centre halves continously in fairness to him tho. Bellamy was clever today. Behrami the goal scorer was sharp also. It is a pretty sad indictement of Keane but Zola won the tactical battle hands down today. West Ham looked like they had a purpose. They tried to play the ball. Parker was clever and they played to Bellamy and Cole’s strengths. The fact that they had to bring on muck like Mullins and Boa Morte underlines the size of the task Zola has to keep them up.
When does the end point come for Quinn and the Sunderland board? The fans cannot be expected to turn up and watch the absolute muck that his side played today. What would Tony Mowbray have achieved if he was given the money that Keane has? What would Bryan Robson have achieved? Sad