Date: 7th October 2009 at 7:29pm
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No he wasn’t being lazy by not joining the attack, get this, he was told to play in midfield!!!!!

Following the Manchester City game plenty were questioning the Big Man’s effort and determination considering he barely got out of our half (yes that is an exaggeration), but he certainly wasn’t in the box anywhere near enough, or enough as we’d expect.

But there is a valid reason for that, he was told not to.

Instead of picking Reo-Coker (who ended up on the right wing for 9 odd minutes), or Gardner, or Delph, Monny told Carew to play more of a holding game to protect midfield and allow Gabby free reign down the channels.

Speaking to the E&S, he who is bigger than me and you explains:

‘It was good. I was the midfield hardman and got some tackles in!’

By all accounts it sounds like he loved it, until his legs gave up and he developed a case of the cramp. But even then he describes it as ‘a shame I had to go off because I was really enjoying it out there.’

Carew continued to talk about the thought behind the bizarre decision to play him in midfield, by adding that City’s formation left us weak in there so one player had to drop back to add to the numbers and he was lucky enough to be chosen to do it.

‘I really enjoyed it and it felt really good.’

What else can I say, the big man loved the experience so who am I to argue.

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