talkSPORT Drive Time host Adrian Durham is back with his take on the weekend's events…
So Brendan Rodgers picked several youngsters for the FA Cup tie at Oldham, then blamed them for the defeat. That’s not good from the Liverpool manager.
A bigger man accepts responsibility for a defeat like that.
I suggest Rodgers does a bit more homework on his opponents. Leaving Jamie Carragher on the bench and picking Sebastian Coates to deal with Latics’ centre-forward Matt Smith was a shocking decision. Coates was like a lamb to the slaughter.
Norwich City 0 Luton Town 1. The first time ever a Premier League side has been knocked out of the FA Cup at home by a non-league side. Norwich have now sunk to a low no other Premier League side has ever sunk to.
That for me qualifies them to be labeled the worst Premier League side in history. If your criteria is different, that’s up to you. But I predicted earlier this season Norwich would earn that tag, and I’ve been proved right.
Gordon Strachan said on ITV on Saturday night that Paul Lambert is just going through a “dodgy spell” at Villa. I’m sure all Villa fans will accept that reasoning and relax?
At Monday’s press conference Lambert confirmed he had spent a lot of money in the summer (Villa were the Premier League’s sixth highest spenders), and that he also felt the players were good enough.
Well, given those facts, the supporters will surely be left questioning Lambert’s ability as manager.
Personally, I’ve never seen a young player need a break from the first-team firing line more than Ciaran Clark. I’m sure in time he’ll be decent, but I hope this Villa crisis is character-building for him, rather than doing him any long-term damage.
Deep down I don’t think Harry Redknapp will be too upset about going out of the FA Cup, which is disappointing.
He picked a weakened side and that’s a shame because the competition deserves more respect. What it does show, however, is the shambles of a squad Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes left behind.
Given the task facing him at Loftus Road, you certainly can’t accuse Harry of ducking a challenge!
Peterborough waved the white flag in the third round as usual, so who do I want to win the FA Cup? I’ll go with Everton.
It would be good to see David Moyes achieve success for getting his side to play some very good football. For me, he is the best pound-for-pound manager in the Premier League, and a trophy would be a fitting reward.
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