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Late Doors

The FA Cup

Well well, turns out the FA Cup still has a bit of its old charm and appeal. Went down to Cambridge on Monday with MDM and the Griffin Branch. Mainly for the day out but also down to the possibly misplaced belief we are finally getting a club and team capable of making you feel good again.

Can't say the same for the pub stop though. Some bland Brewers Fayre  cardboard pop up place off some busy main road somewhere around Peterborough. Fair play to Phil for organising it and finding somewhere open at that time willing to accommodate but jeez who goes into these places when they don't have to ?  

First time at Cambridge for me the last two trips there coinciding with my two year exile in the early eighties. Looked like the ground hadn't changed much since then which is not a bad thing. The little ground has bags of character and even had a standing up end behind the other goal that bounced and sang like it was still the early eighties. Lots of noise from the sides as well and together with the 1400 Leeds fans made for a cracking cup tie atmosphere. Got to report the insipid slightly aggressive gloom of previous years away support has lifted a tad as well. There is definitely a feel good  vibe about the club these days.

Cambridge attacked our end first half and unsurprisingly were straight into us harrowing the back four and chasing everything. They lifted balls into the corners to chase down and the big lad up front was a constant menace. Without Bartley we were struggling to play across the back comfortably and neither Grimes or Mowatt were particularly effective at coming for the short pass out like Hernandez and  Bridcutt have been this season. Neither did we look threatening at the other end. Every time Doukara had the ball it seemed only a moment before it was back up at our end. Antonsson was chasing and busying himself but had nothing t work with. Young Denton looked very promising if a little light but he has all the attributes to get better and better. Our excellent width thi season was eroded with Ayling, Charley and Sackho all missing.  Grimes didn't really impress in the first half neither did Mowatt but our way this season seems to be that no one impresses in the first half but steps up for the second.

One thing I will negatively report on though is the keeper. Why that clown is still at our club is the one hangover I have from the previous two year wake. I have him responsible for their goal getting beat at his near post following his usual dithering six yard box presence in the minutes leading up to it.  Jansson not entirely blameless either  but he has ample credit in the bank.

Lucky to be only a goal down at half time but i felt we would get better second half and we did Cambridge started lively again but this time we were able to keep the ball and play out of deep positions. Mowatt and Grimes got hold of the game. Dallas got more ball, Phillips got involved and we looked more like this year's team. Mowatt put a great cross in for Dallas at the far post to put us level and the Leeds fans began to counter the home fans great noise.

The big lad up front for Cambridge tired and we completely dominated most of the half. Smiles all around the team when Mowatt finished Pontus's goal bound header to put us in front and only until the last ten minutes did we look threatened. The big lad seemed to get a second wind as did the rest of his team and we had to battle to keep the lead.  Cooper going off limping was a worry but Bartley was his usual outstanding self at the back and snuffed Cambridge's resurgence out easily.

Obvious concerns now are Jansson's suspension and Coopers injury. Some would say that is a price we would have preferred not to pay for the cup win but it was a terrific game to watch and a great atmosphere to be part off. Suspensions and injuries are the norm. If you don't get them now you get them later and of you can't work around them you aren't equipped to go up. Or win the cup.
Frazier Cranium

Another tricky but intriguing tie next round, LD.  I might be off if it isn't on the box.  Think it will be though.
Heyho

Agree about the keeper LD. Commented as I watched it that the four chaps in defence in front of him were decidedly nervous about how they passed the ball around as the option to pass back to him wasn't on the cards
Late Doors

Can't believe anyone is still having the Green or Silvestri debate but some are. More clear cut than the Azera/ gold blend debate that's raging around the country
Frazier Cranium

He was poor in nets on Monday but the hero-worshipped Jansson was poor on their goal too TBF.  We need to get rid of Silvestri, no one's benefiting from his being here.
Heyho

Frazier Cranium wrote:
We need to get rid of Silvestri, no one's benefiting from his being here.


Except for his wallet (or man bag seeing as he is Italian)
Frazier Cranium

I meant his career more though H, he apparently was or is highly rated in Italy, plus he would be able to get more games and wages elsewhere.  Plus he's a bit of a knob from what I've seen, which is more than enough.
smiling badger

Nice reportage about the Cmbridge game , LD. Did you go to Sutton or is it a case that you would rather not talk about it? Fookin woeful from what i saw. No guts, desire, blah, blah, blah. Not taking anything away from Sutton they deserved the win . Good luck to them on their FA Cup journey.
Grind

My in-laws were trying to lure me over as they had multiple tickets to the game.

Prolly just as well I'm a tight get.
Heyho

For me the team that was picked to line up against Sutton was the first black mark against Gary Monks tenure at ER.

How dare he, are indeed any other manager, think that they or their club are to totally prioritise the need to be in the Premiership or winning the premiership or not being relegated from the premiership or qualifying high enough in the premiership for Europe or whatever permutation regarding the premiership.

That day out at Wembley is special and certainly one I remember and cherish both for the good ('72) or the bad ('73) and any young kid would also relish it even today. So to put out not a severely weakened team is wrong, very wrong and shameful! and shows where the fans sit in the pecking order.

Sorry Gary I like you as a manager but you lose some respect for this one. Yes introduce two or three 'kids' for them to gain vital experience but not a team almost full of them.

The premiership should not be seen as the be all and end all of English football. But it is to all but a few of the elite clubs who see the Champions league as the be all and end all.

The FA Cup is the premier cup competition in the world steeped with history and passion. Don't ever forget that.
Frazier Cranium

Something very whiffy about that team selection, McKay and Whitehouse specifically.

Credit to Sutton though, anyone who didn't anticipate them giving this a right go shouldn't be in football
sheeps

From start to finish watching this was agony.

Those two kids from Donny would not have got in the Sutton squad. The big improvement from my perspective this season has been we are a team and club with a plan, not so yesterday, GM is not a demonstrable figure on the touchline at most games but yesterday he looked as if he were uninterested, maybe he was was, come on Gaz at least pretend if only for the away support.

I feel for the poor buggers who wasted their time and hard earned to go the game.

Hey ho, onward and upwards.
Heyho

But it discredits the achievements of the 'giant killer' if in the same sentence there is 'but blah blah made several changes and fielded a weakened team'. True giant killing feats includes Leeds v Colchester!

Maybe someone might explain to me some day why the physical demands of the game have supposedly spiralled to accommodate squad rotation. Compare a typical top flight squad of today to one, say of the early 70's.

Look at Leeds squad for the 71/72 season. 22 players which included the 'unknowns' like John Shaw, Nigel Davey, Chris Galvin, Jimmy Mann.

Hunter, Lorimer, Madeley played every match that season in the League and if you look at the teams it was based around no more than 15 players.

Obviously the game has become far more physical and demanding lol
Late Doors

Didn't even watch it. Couldn't get a ticket so feck 'em (the TV people, FA etc) I can't blame managers for putting a weak team out. The FA started the undermining of the cup yonks ago. Spreading the fixtures over a weekend, KO Times to suit the TV audience especially the final. Ripping the fans off for Wembley Semis, Whoring the naming rights and it isn't the managers who have made the Premier league so lucrative to the detriment of everything else that it is THE ONLY prize in English football now. Anybody looking for ethics or decency in the English game now needs to look elsewhere
sheeps

Heyho wrote:
But it discredits the achievements of the 'giant killer' if in the same sentence there is 'but blah blah made several changes and fielded a weakened team'. True giant killing feats includes Leeds v Colchester!

Maybe someone might explain to me some day why the physical demands of the game have supposedly spiralled to accommodate squad rotation. Compare a typical top flight squad of today to one, say of the early 70's.

Look at Leeds squad for the 71/72 season. 22 players which included the 'unknowns' like John Shaw, Nigel Davey, Chris Galvin, Jimmy Mann.

Hunter, Lorimer, Madeley played every match that season in the League and if you look at the teams it was based around no more than 15 players.

Obviously the game has become far more physical and demanding lol




Agree.

And well done Sutton United.

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