I had the kids in their beds sleeping, I had beer and nuts, I had high hopes.
..but I wasn’t that disappointed..
My take on the Leicester game is that surely there were some positives but still a very long, hard road ahead that doesn’t look too good.
Defence looked way more composed than under McClaren, though still errors which led to the goal by Okazaki. Not clearing the box properly will always result in trouble.
Taylor should be dropped, but who would play if Mbemba is still out? Lascelles played ok, Janmaat did his usual running and Colback wasn’t worse than our other choices at LB.
Midfield was pretty bad, especially Anita who, once again, didn’t finish the easiest of passes and doesn’t do much defensively either.
Shelvey worked well, but nothing special. Gini had some good passes (Mitrovic clean through) and played well even when changed to central midfield. Perez didn’t score from an open position and did nothing special.
Sissoko, I think, worked well, clattered Mitrovic when clean through on goal, passed (badly) when he should have had a shot and had a great shot blocked by (the arm of) Morgan.
Mitrovic worked really well as a target man, kind of, and won many battles but in the end, didn’t score and was not really even close.
Overall the 4-2-3-1 we started with did not work too well. I think we looked better (momentarily) when Anita came off and the formation was changed more towards a 4-4-2. Maybe it would have been better with Doumbia on for Perez (than de Jong) and up front with Mitrovic…
Maybe start the Sunderland game with 4-4-2, Perez (or Doumbia) and Mitrovic up front, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Shelvey, Townsend in midfield, or would it be too attacking? And at least Lascelles and Janmaat in defence.
I obviously wished that we would have robbed the league leaders of some points, but it wasn’t to, though the team did look more organised on the pitch and there is nine to go.. ..I still believe.