I Hate Penalty KicksBy: Daryl | December 13th, 2008
Let’s start from the beginning.
The 4-5-1 with Martins on the bench worked nicely. With five in midfield we kept Man City locked up, and then in the 58th minute Danny Guthrie placed a shot inside Joe Hart’s near post. Get in.
And that’s when I made my mistake. I should have stuck with 4-5-1 for the rest of the game and left Martins on the bench. Or maybe replaced Pogrebnyak with Martins, because The Pog spent the game in Micah Richards pocket. But for some reason as the clock ticked I became obsessed with the idea of bringing Martins on and using his pace and The Pog’s heright to put some extra pressure on City. Attack is the best form of defence and all that.
Except when it isn’t.
So I brought Oba on and went 4-4-2 in the 74th minute, and then Marek Hamsik equalized in the 77th.
With both teams knackered, we went end to end until 90, and did it again in extra time. Then spot-kicks. I hate spot-kicks.
As you can see from above, Danny Guthrie and Belletti went wobbly and missed. Their penalties were truly truly awful: gentle shots aimed straight at the keeper. Part of me wonders if it’s my fault for selecting two takers who had good penalty taking attributes, but were exhausted after 90 minutes in midfield. Think both of their conditions were down in the 60s.
Coloccini had bullied Robinho into submission with man-marking that bordered on stalking and some heavy tackling. But sadly the frizzy-haired Argentine wasn’t allowed to mark or tackle Robinho for the final spot-kick and he slotted it in the corner for a Man City win.
So that’s that. No FA Cup. But still a decent season, and now it’s time for some summer shopping.