Saturday, November 14, 2009

World Cup Soccer - New Zealand v Bahrain

Enough has already been said and written about in respect of this game tonight so I'll keep it brief.

Go the All Whites. Go the All Whites. Go the All Whites.

I am concerned about the 3-4-3 formation. In the first game, I felt Bahrain showed up Leo Bertos down the flank when defending and I felt the midfield weren't inventive enough when supplying our 3 strikers. McGlinchey changed that when he came on and I think he should start tonight as an early goal will be fundamental. We lack a Gazza, or a Maradona or a Michel Platini/Zidane type player so McGlinchey has to start IMHO.

I would also have one of the strikers, probably Killen, playing just in behind the front two for better linkages.

I do worry about playing three across the back. I don't think it worked in the first leg and we were lucky to escape with a clean sheet. But I am not the coach.

I'll be screaming my lungs out tonight, in my lounge, urging the players on in the same way as I blew at the TV set to create some wind when the Americas Cup was on here. Yip, the Americas Cup we lost 5-0. That shows I am not a very good windbag.

Let's hope the result is different tonight. If I was a betting man I'd have the All Whites as very slight favourites purely because of home advantage.

Go the All Whites.

(Pic for Cactus Kate as, like her, I'm already nervous as well).


pdm said...

Gooner I don't know much about the `Kick It With Your Head' game but even a Wynton Rufer would do the trick wouldn't he?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Isn't it a bit odd to see a team of white mofos doing a haka?

The Veteran said...

Most of them as though they could use use a good feed.

Redbaiter said...

"That shows I am not a very good windbag."

Nahh, more likely you were blowing to the left when you should have been blowing to the right.

Anonymous said...

Cactus Kate? or Chris Carter?

kehua said...

Bloody cheeky whiteys do the haka but can`t sing both our Anthems. Enjoyed watching the game and hope to see them advance further. Fantastic boost to soccer in NZ.