Paul the Octopus
- May 30, 2006
Fair enough, but don't forget they were aided by an OG, and Shelvey was unlucky to end up clearing Suarez's goal-bound effort off their line.21 attempts from LFC, 7 on goal, two goals.
7 attempts from Udinese, 3 attempts on goal, three goals. That says it all I think.
Whilst decent enough during the first half (good control of the game, and an ecellent goal from Shelvey), we simply were not good enough during that second half to beat this ultra-efficient Italian side, with a stellar Di Natale tonight.
Another thought: at 1-1, Gerrard and Suarez come in to win the game. At the end, it's 2-3. Mmm...
Performance wise, lots to be pleased about.
We've been saying for quite sometime how shit our luck has been, and we haven't really helped ourselves with some of the sloppy defending we've shown, but sooner or later that's a problem a good coach and dedicated players will solve and our luck will have to change.
I'm taking the chances created, goals scored and good attacking performance as the positives from this. Again, in my view, the UEFA cup is really just a great opportunity for a competitive match for the squad in mid-week. It's only a trophy worth caring about once you're in the final.