We needed that and badly but the sending off of Young could be a massive blow for the big game next Sunday.
Getting through to the 4th round is very important for confidence and at least gets us a win before Blues but a totally mixed bag of a game. Some very good play especially midway through the first half but nearly spoiled by a poor second half and yet more defensive woes at times and no clean sheet.
You have to question why Pires started but the first half performance of the team justified Houllier’s decision to do that and at times the front three of Albrighton, Young and Gabby tore Sheff U apart. Real positive start (for once) when Kyle Walker made a great run (helped by the defence backing off) but showed great composure to slot in the goal and show he is a right good talent and one we MUST buy. Then we had some pressure, defence at times all over the place BUT albrighton’s goal was close from a Young cross and we dominated then until half time.
Second Half was different, from the start Sheffield pressurised us and got what was a debatable penalty and from then on we were under pressure. Young got booked for two stupid yellows and sent off and that is going to hurt us (more in a sec). However more great work from Walker and PEtrov socred a great goal to ease us through.
MOTM – Easy, Walker, a goal and a very good assist
Lets not go OTT, celebrate the win of course but the second half showed the frail confidence and we have to build upon that. the problem being that the next game is just a small little one eh ? and every time Ash misses a game we suffer from it.
Small steps to recovery, bigger ones to take.