Tomkins claims “everyone wasn’t at the races”


tomkinsJames Tomkins has admitted his mistake which led to the second Watford goal yesterday (Sun) but believes the entire team can hold their hands up.

Speaking to he said: “It’s obviously disappointing because of the manner in which we lost, that’s the biggest thing

“I think everyone wasn’t at the races like we normally are, so that’s the most disappointing thing.

“We went down to ten men and that gave us no hope, but it was always going to be hard to come back from 2-0 down, who are hard to beat at their place.

“The manner of the goals, obviously AC could have done better and I could have cleared the second one. The striker has finished them well, but they could have been stopped and prevented, which was disappointing.

“Everyone can probably hold their hands up and say they did not do as well as they could, so that’s the massive disappointment.”

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  • johnham1 says:

    I am sorry but I cannot understand how well paid managers can think playing Andy Carroll as a lone striker is an option. Everyone of us see its not. What was Bilic and his staff thinking of. I hope he learns from this. I also want to see Oxford in at RB, its time to take Jenks out of the team, he cant defend and when he does it always looks as if it is luck, He brings an uneaseness to the back 4. It is also time to give Noble a rest.

  • johnboy says:

    They were all andycapped at the races !

  • bubs says:

    Noble needs a rest for most of the season we have better players and now he is becoming a Nolan but the difference is we have players to replace him,
    This was always the problem giving him the arm band,Obiang needs to be given the chance to fill that spot or bring back Poyet or Song if he is fit,
    Tomkins at right back Ogbbonna and Reid central with Oxford on the bench for me

  • canchaz says:

    Exactly what I wrote on a different thread jonham and have been saying for ages. You can’t use Carroll as a starter without reverting to a Sam style of play.
    He just doesn’t fit but as an impact sub, he’s perfect for disrupting a tiring defence as he proved last week..
    Either Slav got this one wrong or ( a sneaking suspicion of mine) he is under some pressure from the owners to give Carroll playing time, in order to recoup some of their investment, either by him living up to his cost or to get a decent price for him.

    • WHU647580 says:

      While I agree Carroll can’t play up top on his own, unless the rest of the setup is spot on, he is only a few games back after a long layoff. Personally I can’t see anyone telling Slav who to pick or even suggest that he should keep Carroll involved to give him playing time based on pressure from above.

  • Radai Lama says:

    I agree Can,really do see that the board or someone feel they need to get some sort of value on their 85k a week investment.Cant see them paying that out for an impact sub but for me that is how he is best suited to our needs in the immediate or mid-term future.Probably just a conspiracy theory but who knows 😉

  • Tony gore says:

    It wasn’t the same team?? Was it.

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