I tend to agree that the issue is incompetence on behalf of the officials rather than conscious bias (although on KGJ I’m not so sure...). However, the only thing that really gets me into conspiracy mode is the famous derby victory in which we stopped the Smurfs from going undefeated. Am I going senile, or was there an apology to Sydney FC to the effect of “the officials missed a penalty call and we’re terribly sorry you were defeated” or some such drivel ? Didn’t Annie then feel entirely justified in continuing to claim that they really were still undefeated?
Touching on the youth players, how good is it to see these guys not just get a run but play well.
Tate had probably his worst game last night but has been a breathe of fresh air, been absolutely outstanding. No way he shouldnt get in the team ahead of Lorente, Elrich & Risdon; Cordier, I can see why he hasn’t got a run before this game, great talent not quite ready yet; Tass has been outstanding, he should be starting over Hamil & Elrich once Ziegler returns. Also, steps into midfield & plays like a boss ; Majok, exciting talent. I know people want to give him a chance to grow into the role but that first touch really annoys me. Especially at this level ; Suman, he isn’t quite ready yet but head & shoulders above Nizic plus there is something up with Vedran, give him some time out of the spotlight & give this young kid s go.
My favorites are:
(1) Shout at the player to shoot from a long distance with a low percentage reward & then get angry when they miss. Or get angry that they should have taken the unlikely low percentage shot
(2) Similar to the Elrich pass situation: Player has the ball but few options ahead of them (1) Get angry at players for making the pass, passing backwards or sidewards to retain possession (2) Player makes a low percentage pass or worse the miracle ball which ends up in the oppositions possesion & still get angry even though you were shouting at them to make the pass
There are actually legitimate times to get annoyed like: silly fouls where a player is going no where & they commit a really stupid careless soft foul that allows the opposition to relieve pressure; players lack of ability to control the ball with a first touch not just once but multiple occasions, at this level
I quite enjoyed it last night when Cordier didn’t run with the ball into space, crowd got annoyed but the next time it happened, he got a push of encouragement, ran into space & took on the defense.