Here’s to the daydream believer!By: Allan | November 4th, 2010
The final insult on Sunday was the public address systemâ€™s rendition of the Monkeys classic Daydream Believer. Aside from the mickey or should that be monkey taking, I think weâ€™re all agreed the performance was a disgrace to the name of the club (so much for my prediction last week). Once the Mags broke the deadlock, things degenerated into one of the most gutless disorganised displays Iâ€™ve ever witness from eleven men masgarading as a football team, particularly when you consider who the opposition were â€“ not exactly Real Madrid.
Iâ€™m not in disagreement regarding the general formation as such, more the fact the defence and midfield were an absolute shambles from the start. Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll had the run of St. James Park. Iâ€™d have thought Steve might have plumped for more experienced hands like Zenden and Mensah. I also feel the manager may have blundered in his assessment of Andy Reid. Andy wasnâ€™t exactly slimmer of the year, but he could take a pass and make a pass. The Irishmanâ€™s cultured left peg was also a useful addition at set plays â€“ setting up and scoring the odd important goal.
This is becoming a recurring theme, but weâ€™re still short of leadership in midfield. I never thought Iâ€™d say this: but we actually miss Dean Whitehead in games like this. What must be pointed out though: is the culture of derby games in England is different to that of Scotland. North of the boarder where teams play each other 4 times a season in the league, the manager and players always have an opportunity to redeem themselves fairly quickly. However, because teams only play each other twice in the league, a manager in England can really only afford to lose derby games narrowly; a historically heavy defeat will inevitably result in questions being asked. Steve Bruce is under pressure now, make no mistake. That said, he needs to get his head up if heâ€™s to have any chance in holding onto the dressing and keeping the fans onside. So, in the words of the Monkeys: â€ścheer up Steve Bruce â€¦.â€ť