Alex McLeish’s post match commentary focused on the influence of Andy Weimann following his introduction in the second half.
Ah isn’t it nice to know this after match verdict I won’t be fighting with my evil nature to tear apart the managers words and try and maintain some sense of balance instead of sounding like a demented ranting (enter your own choice of words).
Speaking to the Official Site after the late 1-0 win, Eck said:
‘I did want to get Weimann onto the pitch at some stage today. I discussed that before the game – I said somehow I have got to work this boy in whether it is 0-0 or we are a goal down because he is a goalscorer….’
Agggghhhh what about introducing him when we were 1/2/3/4-0 up???? Okay, not likely to happen really is it?
Eck adds it was just a matter of timing his introduction and now Darren Bent is injured it’s the perfect time for the Austrian to stake his claim.
‘He has been prolific in the reserve team, he’s a hungry young man, he wants to score goals and he links up play aswell.’
Alex did have a bugbear about today’s performance, and I fully agree. He knows we should’ve put the game out of sight in the first half and been a lot more comfortable.
‘It’s a great victory and it was a deserved victory. But it took a bit too long to score the winner in my opinion. I thought the fans were excellent but I thought we gave them something to be excellent about because of the way we played.’
And isn’t that the secret. Okay there were grumbles about the choice of substitution, ie especially taking N’Zogbia off when he was far more of a threat than Albrighton today, but we were far more positive all game and we kept going. 1-0 really was fair to Fulham, as a 3-0 scoreline would not have been unfair with the chances we created and our overall domination of the game.
But the players gave the fans something to get behind today, and that effort and desire is all it takes.
McLeish ends by saying ‘it was a tremendous contribution from the young lads’ with Herd performing admirably whilst on the pitch, and then obviously Bannan, Gardner and Weimann all combining for the goal.
Difficult to disagree, but if Eck wants things to improve this has to be the benchmark now, and we’ve already had a number of false dawns.
This can’t be another one.
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