Well I am fed up, it is all going wrong for us at the moment. A poor first half showing and then Hughes's naivety in the second stopped us from getting all three points.
I am really going to try and not rant on about this result because I have been saying the same thing for the last few weeks.
My disappointment started before the match had kicked off today when I saw that Nigel de Jong had been dropped, how can anybody in the right mind drop a player who has been one of our best players since he came back in to the team. Barry is the man that should have been dropped for Ireland, he has been playing terrible for weeks now and was also at fault for one of Burnley's goals today.
When the game did start we were slow out of the blocks, our back four throughout the first half was all over the place and both midfielders Barry and Ireland were non existent. Our other two midfielders were not providing much width and kept coming inside and slotting in behind the strikers. I suppose we weren't as bad as I have seen us lately in the first half, but still we were no where near good enough.
When the players came out for the second half I turned to my Father and said that by the looks on the players faces they have been read the riot act and by the way they played for most of the second half they took it on board. We were much better in the second half, the anonymous Stephen Ireland was much more involved for the first 25 minutes and was making a real difference, although SWP wasn't particularly bad in the first half he was also much better in the second and was key to us getting back on top of the game. The back four played more flat and looked all the better for it and the forwards were running the line better.
Overall though it didn't help that the players booked their ideas up because Hughes was in the background ready to make some amazingly stupid tactically decisions. 3 - 2 up with 17 minutes to go Hughes thought it would be a good idea top bring on Martin Petrov, when what he should have done is brought de Jong on to help us see the game out. On top of bringing Petrov on he thought it would be a good idea to make him and SWP swap wings, SWP had been terrorising Stephen Jordan all of the second half but for some reason that wasn't what Hughes wanted to keep happening.
Hughes just baffles me at times, it is unbelievable how wrong he gets it at times and today were some of the worst tactics I have ever seen. I don't know why he does it, I would be surprised if he could give a sensible reason as to why he does it. To be honest I wanted Hughes to be the man that takes us forward, I thought he had it in him but at the moment I couldn't care less if he was sacked.
We have just got to hope that it gets better for us now and I do think it can get better with just a few simple changes, but whether Hughes will sort it out or not is a different question.
Goals and Highlights.