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  • John, Dawson was magnificent last night to me he was the man of the match, also thought Kranjcar was immense for us, Lennon looked really sharp with good link up play, i also think everybody put in a shift last night and i was also pleased to see our fans back on song with great vocal support.
    Personally i think it was our best performance alongside the opening game with Liverpool, we were subdued for around 25 minutes but we were superb for the last 15 minutes of the first half.
    We also have to give great credit to Gomez i think he has been superb for us and last night hardly anything to do but when called on 2 great saves.
    I was on this thread Saturday saying how dissapointing we were against Wolves but what a difference a few days make back in the hunt, if we had have lost last night i think we could of wiltered but we were confident last night and my drive home last night was more enjoyable than Saturday i can tell you.
    Going back to your point John on Mr Dawsons performance last night he should and could be in contention for the plane to South Africa, Cappello could do worse than take him even if he is a squad player, he read the game so well and they originally said he could only play when Ledley played, so Ledley could talk him through the game. When he wears the arm band im sure it makes him a much more mature player and even when Woody and King are back i dont think either one of them will be first choice.
    Where do we play Modric is now the question, you must play him but who makes way, after last night we could not possibly drop Kranjcar do we jig the midfield drop Huddleston and push Modric up behind the front 2, its a good situation to have lets see what Harry does.

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    • Funny isn't it, after the shambles against Wolves the predictions for the Citeh game were mostly a draw, possible a 1-0 but most thought we would let a couple in at least. Lovely being wrong in these situations isn't it!!

      Dawson had a good game no doubt but he could easily have had problems with a couple of late dodgy tackles. BAE suddenly got stuck in rather than ducking out of tackles and they all did really well handling Adebayor - wasn't he quiet! - and Tevez had to go deeper and deeper just to get a kick!

      Still think Hudd was not good - ok at best. For me when Modric is fit it should be Hudd that gets splinters in his butt for a while and let Modric play in front of Palicios.

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      • Sfer,
        Agree about BAE and Hudd. I've been fighting Hudd's corner for quite a while, but I must admit he just doesn't quite deliver that star performance that I think he's capabale of. But he is still young! (and better than Jenas).

        I wasn't too impressed with Palacios' distribution last night - he gave the ball away too much for me - but as an overall team performance, they're starting to get there.

        As the other posters have said, I just hope 'arry can keep the players happy - with Modric coming back, Bentley not making the bench, Pav hardly touching the ball all season, Crouch prefered over Keane, Jenas now sidelined, Johhny Two Saints hardly having a sniff, Naughton still to appear, Bale number two to BAE... He'll have plenty of knocks on his door!

        The snag with large squads is that you need them when you're in multiple competitions, but if you're like us who haven't a consistent record of getting in europe, then the players just don't get rotated enough. But that's what 'arry gets paid for - his wit, charm and man management skills.