47 thoughts on “Match ratings – Newcastle United

  1. Vorm – 7
    Dier – 7.5
    Fazio – 7
    Jan – 7.5
    Rose – 7.5
    Bentaleb – 7
    Paulinho – 6.5
    Lamela – 7
    Eriksen – 7
    Chalidi – 7
    Kane – 8.5

    Poch – dropped Townsend and Mason – 10/10

  2. GrimsbyYid

    Vorm – 7

    Lamela – 7

    Poch – dropped Townsend and Mason – 10/10

    Did you even see the match? Lamela a 7! WALOB – he doesn't even deserve a 2.

    But then as long as he dropped your pet hate Townsend, I guess that's ok…

  3. Vorm – 7

    Dier – 7
    Fazio – 7
    Vertonghen – 8
    Rose – 7

    Bentaleb – 6
    Paulinho – 8

    Chadli – 7
    Eriksen – 6
    Lamela – 5

    Kane – 7

    Subs:
    Dembele – 6
    Mason – 6
    Davies – 5

  4. Maltese Falcon

    Did you even see the match? Lamela a 7! WALOB – he doesn't even deserve a 2.

    But then as long as he dropped your pet hate Townsend, I guess that's ok…

    Yeah, I thought he worked really hard, and ultimately got a great assist. I though this movement helped out attack and controlled possession a lot. Would have been higher if he didn't keep giving the ball away.

    What is funny is Gutterboys 6 for Kane :D Kane was brilliant, almost perfect in his general play, never giving the ball away, came deep, drifted, always moving, a few chances a great goal. 6.

  5. Maltese Falcon

    Did you even see the match? Lamela a 7! WALOB – he doesn't even deserve a 2.

    But then as long as he dropped your pet hate Townsend, I guess that's ok…

    I really hope that's a purposefully ironic post and not genuine

    "I don't agree with your OTT rating so im going to give an even more OTT rating ?!?"

    A 2 ffs :D

  6. Notes –

    Vorm – nothing to do, really.

    Paulinho – Decent performance. Amazed how he's getting a man of the match award for that, though – yes, he was better than he usually is, but he still gave the ball away a lot, made poor decisions and struggled to adapt to the game – hardly spectacular.

    Kane – Deserves more assists than he's actually got – the halfway-line reverse pass he played in the first half was sublime, and he does that about once a match on average, only for his team-mates to let him down.

    Overall – solid performance – poor first half, but good second half, so overall, competent and deserving of a 6/6.5 on 10.

  7. GrimsbyYid

    Yeah, I thought he worked really hard, and ultimately got a great assist. I though this movement helped out attack and controlled possession a lot. Would have been higher if he didn't keep giving the ball away.

    What is funny is Gutterboys 6 for Kane :D Kane was brilliant, almost perfect in his general play, never giving the ball away, came deep, drifted, always moving, a few chances a great goal. 6.

    Sorry mate, but posts like this really make my blood boil.

    Kane was on his own in acres of space; if Lamela even fudged up that, he would have needed shooting.

    Even then, if you saw thew replay Kane needed to check back because Lamela delays his pass even though Kane is totally unmarked.

    But then, I guess your flag is nailed to the Lamela mast and, come hell and highwater, you will not take it down.

  8. DubaiSpur

    Paulinho – Decent performance. Amazed how he's getting a man of the match award for that, though – yes, he was better than he usually is, but he still gave the ball away a lot, made poor decisions and struggled to adapt to the game – hardly spectacular.

    Try watching a game without a pre-conceived bias against one of your escaped goats, and you will be amazed how different you will see it…

  9. GrimsbyYid

    Yeah, I thought he worked really hard, and ultimately got a great assist. I though this movement helped out attack and controlled possession a lot. Would have been higher if he didn't keep giving the ball away.

    What is funny is Gutterboys 6 for Kane :D Kane was brilliant, almost perfect in his general play, never giving the ball away, came deep, drifted, always moving, a few chances a great goal. 6.

    Kane didn't do much, but didn't get much service (mainly because Eriksen and Lamela weren't good). Not his fault, but he didn't influence the match

    Our back 7 won us the match. The front 4 were poor, with Chadli the pick

  10. GrimsbyYid

    Yeah, I thought he worked really hard, and ultimately got a great assist. I though this movement helped out attack and controlled possession a lot. Would have been higher if he didn't keep giving the ball away.

    What is funny is Gutterboys 6 for Kane :D Kane was brilliant, almost perfect in his general play, never giving the ball away, came deep, drifted, always moving, a few chances a great goal. 6.

    A great assist? What the fudge it was the easiest pass of the match.

  11. Maltese Falcon

    Sorry mate, but posts like this really make my blood boil.

    Kane was on his own in acres of space; if Lamela even fudgeed up that, he would have needed shooting.

    Even then, if you saw thew replay Kane needed to check back because Lamela delays his pass even though Kane is totally unmarked.

    But then, I guess your flag is nailed to the Lamela mast and, come hell and highwater, you will not take it down.

    I don't think Lamela is amazing or that we can't do better. But he is a breath of fresh air after the atrocious Townsend. Lamela is the best option we have at the minute, it's clear to see. And our team game improves ten fold too. Not a coincidence we've had such an awful run of games (post Arsenal) as soon as Townsend comes back in the team.

  12. Gutter Boy

    Kane didn't do much, but didn't get much service (mainly because Eriksen and Lamela weren't good). Not his fault, but he didn't influence the match

    Our back 7 won us the match. The front 4 were poor, with Chadli the pick

    I thought Kane had a fantastic game, he's been off it recently, and thought his played great. It's all opinions I guess.

  13. GrimsbyYid

    I don't think Lamela is amazing or that we can't do better. But he is a breath of fresh air after the atrocious Townsend. Lamela is the best option we have at the minute, it's clear to see. And our team game improves ten fold too. Not a coincidence we've had such an awful run of games (post Arsenal) as soon as Townsend comes back in the team.

    As someone said in the game thread, in the first half we playing with 10 against 12 because every ball Lamela got ended up in a Newcastle player's feet.

    But with you, it's anyone except you pet hate Townsend, isn't it?

  14. Gutter Boy

    Kane didn't do much, but didn't get much service (mainly because Eriksen and Lamela weren't good). Not his fault, but he didn't influence the match

    Our back 7 won us the match. The front 4 were poor, with Chadli the pick

    Kane led the line well and was constantly a threat – played very well.

    I don't like paulinho and I do think MOTM is a very weird decision as he wasn't close but compared to his usual impact, he did well and was prob a 6/10 – give him some credit

  15. Maltese Falcon

    As someone said in the game thread, in the first half we playing with 10 against 12 because every ball Lamela got ended up in a Newcastle player's feet.

    But with you, it's anyone except you pet hate Townsend, isn't it?

    I hate mason too :D

    Lamela was frustrating me as well in the first half. Am I saying he's a world beater? Am I saying he's amazing? No, I'm saying he's the best option we have and it was nice to see us improve with him in the team. Mainly for his work rate and movement, add in improved passing and decision making and we could have some player.

  16. Vorm – 6
    Dier – 7
    Fazio – 7
    Vert – 8 thought he had an excellent game and no surprise his return and that of Fazio saw us more solid than we have been for months
    Rose – 7 as ever, Mr. Reliable

    Bentaleb – 6 should have scored in front of goal but most importantly rather peripheral
    Paulinho – 8 wow, we have really seen the knowledge of all those "experts" who slated Poch for picking him
    Eriksen – 6 improved after the freekick but we need an addition creative source
    Lamela – 3 only gets that because of his pass to Kane even though he almost fudged up even that. Can't wait to see him out of the club

    Chadli – 6 decent goal

    Kane – 7 constantly moving and what a perfect finish. The kid is back

    Mason – 6 for his header that lead to Kane's goal

  17. Maltese Falcon

    Try watching a game without a pre-conceived bias against one of your escaped goats, and you will be amazed how different you will see it…

    Eh? No clue where you get your ideas from, but I haven't escaped goated Paulinho as far as I can recall, beyond freely admitting that he's been poor for most of the time he's been at the club. Most of the time I've avoided commenting on him overall, since the 'this is what happens when we spend money' arguments would likely have emerged as soon as I did.

    Not really sure what your problems are, although given that you seem to be at least as unhesitatingly critical of Lamela as you accuse me of being of Paulinho, perhaps 'projecting your own insecurities outward' is one of them.

  18. GrimsbyYid

    I hate mason too :D

    Lamela was frustrating me as well in the first half. Am I saying he's a world beater? Am I saying he's amazing? No, I'm saying he's the best option we have and it was nice to see us improve with him in the team. Mainly for his work rate and movement, add in improved passing and decision making and we could have some player.

    There are situations where a team plays well DESPITE a player rather than because of him, you know?

    DubaiSpur

    Eh? No clue where you get your ideas from, but I haven't escaped goated Paulinho as far as I can recall, beyond freely admitting that he's been poor for most of the time he's been at the club. Most of the time I've avoided commenting on him overall, since the 'this is what happens when we spend money' arguments would likely have emerged as soon as I did.

    Not really sure what your problems are, although given that you seem to be at least as unhesitatingly critical of Lamela as you accuse me of being of Paulinho, perhaps 'projecting your own insecurities outward' is one of them.

    Did I come out saying "anyone except Lamela" before the game as many did for Paulinho? The only reason I am unhesitantly critical of Lamela now is because he was a total and abject disaster against Newcastle – as everyone posting during the match confirmed!

  19. Maltese Falcon

    There are situations where a team plays well DESPITE a player rather than because of him, you know?

    Yeah I know, had loads with mason in it :)

    I genuinely believe Lamela helped us play better as a team. His work rate and movement were vital and we've missed it so so much!

  20. Maltese Falcon

    As someone said in the game thread, in the first half we playing with 10 against 12 because every ball Lamela got ended up in a Newcastle player's feet.

    But with you, it's anyone except you pet hate Townsend, isn't it?

    All your accusations of pet hates and escaped goats sound rather hollow given your own crusade against Lamela.

  21. Maltese Falcon

    Did I come out saying "anyone except Lamela" before the game as many did for Paulinho? The only reason I am unhesitantly critical of Lamela now is because he was a total and abject disaster against Newcastle – as everyone posting during the match confirmed!

    So what on Earth does that have to do with my opinion on him not deserving the MoM award for what in my eyes was an average performance? If you think other posters have a bias against Paulinho that informs their views, go and confront them about it. And while you're at it, look at yourself and make sure that you aren't being deeply, almost comically hypocritical yourself when it comes to Lamela, who despite assisting Kane's goal and running himself ragged for 90 minutes was deemed by you as being so terrible as to warrant shooting if he did muck up that aforementioned assist. Christ, man, stones and glass houses.

  22. GrimsbyYid

    Yeah I know, had loads with mason in it :)

    I genuinely believe Lamela helped us play better as a team. His work rate and movement were vital and we've missed it so so much!

    Then we'll need to agree to disagree – big time!

  23. Jordinho

    All your accusations of pet hates and escaped goats sound rather hollow given your own crusade against Lamela.

    Crusade? My posts only started during the game…. Once, did I come out and criticise Poch for picking him? Did I saw "any fit player except Lamela"? That is a crusade.

    But if that abysmal first half performance (and not much better in the second) is good enough for you – then I beg to differ….

  24. Lamela had a mare today, horrible game and actually would bring down my rating of Poch as he should have been off at half time. In fact Lamela had the game I expected Paulinho to have today. I really cannot see anyway anyone saw that differently.

    Re the game, poor barcodes side, our tempo was too slow at times, our dependence on Eriksen/Kane/Chadli shown up again, Eriksen & Chadli a little better than they have been in previous games.

    Dier did decently in his RB slot, Rose as always very involved, have to hope his coming off was only a precaution.

    Dembele did help when he came on.

  25. Raziel

    Lamela had a mare today, horrible game and actually would bring down my rating of Poch as he should have been off at half time. In fact Lamela had the game I expected Paulinho to have today. I really cannot see anyway anyone saw that differently.

    Re the game, poor barcodes side, our tempo was too slow at times, our dependence on Eriksen/Kane/Chadli shown up again, Eriksen & Chadli a little better than they have been in previous games.

    Dier did decently in his RB slot, Rose as always very involved, have to hope his coming off was only a precaution.

    Dembele did help when he came on.

    Pochettino did the right thing I think. Kept him on, gave him a chance to put in a better performance in the second half (as he's done with other players this season). Lamela improved and will be much more ready for the next game as a result.

    He's been out of the team for a rather long time, putting in some good performances as a sub recently. 45 minutes where he was poor, but without ever looking like giving up and people just want him straight back out of the team? I don't get it…

  26. braineclipse

    Pochettino did the right thing I think. Kept him on, gave him a chance to put in a better performance in the second half (as he's done with other players this season). Lamela improved and will be much more ready for the next game as a result.

    He's been out of the team for a rather long time, putting in some good performances as a sub recently. 45 minutes where he was poor, but without ever looking like giving up and people just want him straight back out of the team? I don't get it…

    More so when the alternative is Townsend, who hasn't exactly lit up the stage over the last couple of weeks and seems to make our pressing up front curiously disjointed.

  27. braineclipse

    Pochettino did the right thing I think. Kept him on, gave him a chance to put in a better performance in the second half (as he's done with other players this season). Lamela improved and will be much more ready for the next game as a result.

    He's been out of the team for a rather long time, putting in some good performances as a sub recently. 45 minutes where he was poor, but without ever looking like giving up and people just want him straight back out of the team? I don't get it…

    Mate, the right side is a huge problem, and honestly it drives me mad with Poch, his stubbornness and inflexibility with this fudging stupid inverted wingers brick. Lamela is not the answer, that first half was about as bad a display as anyone this season, work rate does not fix that. Our problem is, the answer is not Townsend either, he will be just as bad if you put him in the side next week.

    How Poch can't see Lennon is much better solution than either of those two is way beyond me.

    Lamela (said in other thread) is exactly the same as Soldado, heart, effort, work rate and no result .. its not going to work for either of them at Spurs .. its been two fudging years now

  28. Raziel

    Mate, the right side is a huge problem, and honestly it drives me mad with Poch, his stubbornness and inflexibility with this fudgeing stupid inverted wingers crud. Lamela is not the answer, that first half was about as bad a display as anyone this season, work rate does not fix that. Our problem is, the answer is not Townsend either, he will be just as bad if you put him in the side next week.

    How Poch can't see Lennon is much better solution than either of those two is way beyond me.

    Lamela (said in other thread) is exactly the same as Soldado, heart, effort, work rate and no result .. its not going to work for either of them at Spurs .. its been two fudgeing years now

    This has been discussed so many times already, but it seems to me rather likely that it's not just performances on the pitch or ability that meant Lennon was used so sparingly and allowed to leave on a loan deal. If that is beyond you, been discussed extensively. If you've missed those discussions, I suppose we could re-hash it…

    It's been 2 years, it's also only been 23 league starts for a 23 year old player whose clearly willing to work hard and try… I'm getting used to the lack of patience I suppose, but I really think it's too soon to be making conclusions like those you make here.

  29. braineclipse

    This has been discussed so many times already, but it seems to me rather likely that it's not just performances on the pitch or ability that meant Lennon was used so sparingly and allowed to leave on a loan deal. If that is beyond you, been discussed extensively. If you've missed those discussions, I suppose we could re-hash it…

    It's been 2 years, it's also only been 23 league starts for a 23 year old player whose clearly willing to work hard and try… I'm getting used to the lack of patience I suppose, but I really think it's too soon to be making conclusions like those you make here.

    Yeah its been done to death .. its just massively frustrating to see Lennon playing decently when he gets a run and is given either the orders and/or the early ball, and being productive for a side at our level both offensively and defensively.

    And we just swap Lamela/Townsend every 3rd week and nothing changes.

    I really like Soldado mate, but its not going to happen for him here, I get people want Lamela to succeed, but its not going to happen, honestly .. not hate, not bias, we would be better off putting Pritchard or another academy player in the squad ..

  30. Raziel

    Yeah its been done to death .. its just massively frustrating to see Lennon playing decently when he gets a run and is given either the orders and/or the early ball, and being productive for a side at our level both offensively and defensively.

    And we just swap Lamela/Townsend every 3rd week and nothing changes.

    I really like Soldado mate, but its not going to happen for him here, I get people want Lamela to succeed, but its not going to happen, honestly .. not hate, not bias, we would be better off putting Pritchard or another academy player in the squad ..

    Frustrating, but it seems that you see that there's rhyme and reason behind it? So surely it's not beyond you why its happening?

    We haven't actually just swapped Lamela and Townsend every 3rd week. That's far from accurate actually.

    Several differences between Soldado and Lamela. Age being the most obvious one, surely one worth noticing. How they fit into the system is another, I see no signs of Soldado being the kind of striker Pochettino wants in his team. Lamela on the other hand is a player Pochettino has used quite extensively and he seems a decent fit at worst.

    Like I said, I just think your conclusions are premature.

  31. DubaiSpur

    More so when the alternative is Townsend, who hasn't exactly lit up the stage over the last couple of weeks and seems to make our pressing up front curiously disjointed.

    I would like to see Poch compose a team that includes neither Lamela or Townsend as both of them are useless. We can try Dembele on the right, for example, at least in away games. He has played there a couple of times in the past and looked decent.

    Our best option for that position is unfortunately in Liverpool at the moment, which is a great shame. Lennon was top class for Everton yesterday.

  32. Vorm 7
    Dier 7
    Fazio 7
    Verts 8
    Rose 8

    Bentaleb 7
    Paulinho 7

    Lamela 5
    Eriksen 7
    Chadli 7

    Kane 7

    Thought Lamela was typical Lamela and yet somehow gave the ball away even more than usual. Credit for the assist I guess, but I doubt Townsend would have got much credit for it.

    Paulinho, Rose and Verts all excellent. Maybe there is some hope for Paulinho as a squad player, played better than Mason has recently.

    The back four looked good for a change. Same team again for Soton.

  33. vorm 6 not much to do
    dier 7 decent game at right back. no silly brainfarts like walker
    fazio8 he was like a bird in the air. he won everything lol
    verts8 best game for a long time. he seem happy knowing that
    he could get forward and fazio would sit
    rose8 becoming one of the best left backs in the prem
    chadli 7good goal not much else
    benteleb9 best game for a while
    paullino 8 getting hes form back now
    erikson 8 hes got the most goals outside the box in the prem
    lamela6 first start in a lone time and did not do much apart from 1 throughball
    but he tracked back well.
    harry kane 7 good goal today and was passing more

    well done poch in making changes today
    so glad andros back on the bench and good to see
    dembele get on the pitch

  34. Vorm 6 – probably blameless for their goal, one or two slight fumbles, distribution decent

    Dier 6 – looked a bit at sea first half playing out of position, improved second half but only after allowing himself Walker-like to be sucked out of position for their goal
    Fazio 6 – couple of strong tackles, did okay
    Verts 6 – unlucky to get booked, got done for their goal, decent otherwise
    Rose 7 – looked our best defender but less effective getting forward than of late

    Paulinho 7 – at last, starting to look like a player; began to get a bit ragged just before he was subbed
    Bentaleb 6 – one dodgy moment when he lost possession leading to a dangerous attack, decent otherwise

    Chadli 6 – excellent goal and a couple of decent crosses but profligate with possession in the move that led to their goal and a bit scratchy at times
    Eriksen 7 – wanted to see much more of him first half because he was producing some nice touches but after he fluked that goal (or maybe he meant it :D) he got more involved and started to orchestrate our attacks more
    Lamela 4 – would have been a 2 were it not for that late assist because he was excruciating to watch most of the game. How he was allowed to stay on the pitch I will never know – give me Townsend every time, even at his infuriating worse he still could not have been as brick

    Kane 8 – well taken goal and unlucky not to get at least one more when his bullet header was somehow cleared off the line. Looking like he's got his game back after a tired-looking spell

    Subs

    Dembele 6 – looked good when he came on
    Davies n/a – didn't reall notice him much
    Mason 6 – vital intervention at the death to set up our goal=scoring breakaway

    Poch 7 – got Paulinho selection right but am still baffled why he kept Lamela on all game

  35. Mumorn

    vorm – 7

    dier – 7
    fazio – 7
    vert – 7
    rose – 7

    bentaleb – 8
    paulinho – 7

    lamela – 6
    eriksen – 7
    chadli – 7
    kane – 7

    Pretty much bang on IMO

    Lamellas was a 2 in the first and a big improvement in the second. He should have scored and did get an assist with the simplest of passes

    Paulinho was ok and tidy

    Bentelab was great IMO and I though the defence looked good against a very poor side

  36. Vorm 6. Little to do, the little he did have to do he did right.

    Dier 6. Defended pretty well and got forward reasonably well (although without much in the way of end product once he got up there).

    Fazio 7. Solid. Great in the air and passed it well.

    Vertonghen 8. A really good game. Seems to play better when paired with Fazio.

    Rose 8. Defensively very good and used the ball well when going forward (although he didn't get forward quite as often as usual yesterday).

    Chadli 6. A well taken goal and some moments of quality, but a lack of desire to help out Rose defensively and also lost the ball more than most of our players including some poor play for their equaliser.

    Paulinho 8. Man of the Match for me yesterday. Positionally sound, supported the defence, but also our attack when we got forward. He used the ball really well and won us possession on a number of occasions, including great work for our first goal.

    Benteleb 8. Seemed to move further forward into Mason's usual role and did very well. Good energy, lots of quality, a great ball into Lamela that should've been a goal, would've been a 9 and MoM performance other than him needlessly giving the ball away in dangerous positions a couple of times.

    Erikson 7. Tidy performance with good energy off of the ball and he seemed to keep us ticking over in the way that Modric used to.

    Lamela 4. Probaby the worst first half performance I have seen from a player this season, I think he gave the ball away needlessly 8 times in just the first 20 minutes. Ran around a lot but didn't actually make a tackle, also seemed to struggle to know which of Newcastle's players he was supposed to be defending against when they had the ball, so he instead seemed to just charge around running towards whichever one of them had the ball on our right hand side of the pitch. Second half was a little better in that he stopped needlessly giving the ball away, it also looked like Newcastle's formation changed in the second half with Anita dropping deeper and Ameobi staying high up the pitch but pulling out to Newcastle's left in the second half which resulted in Lamela not really having any pressure on him when he got the ball in the second half unlike the situation in the first half. Should've scored when Bentaleb put it on a plate for him with a great ball, takes his score up from 2 to 4 with his assist for Kane (although it looked to me as though he even almost messed that up by dwelling too long).

    Kane 7. Held the ball up well, took his goal well, got in some good positions. A little greedy on a couple of occasions, but I don't really ever mind saying that about my number 9.

    Poch 7. A pretty good selection overall. Chiriches nowhere near the team which is always a good start. Mason given a rest after looking like he had run out of steam a bit recently, Bentaleb pushed forward a little with Paulinho doing a great job sitting a little deeper. VERY surprised that Lamela wasn't hooked at half time (or even before, although I guess that would've destroyed his confidence)

  37. Finney Is Back

    Vorm 6. Little to do, the little he did have to do he did right.

    Dier 6. Defended pretty well and got forward reasonably well (although without much in the way of end product once he got up there).

    Fazio 7. Solid. Great in the air and passed it well.

    Vertonghen 8. A really good game. Seems to play better when paired with Fazio.

    Rose 8. Defensively very good and used the ball well when going forward (although he didn't get forward quite as often as usual yesterday).

    Chadli 6. A well taken goal and some moments of quality, but a lack of desire to help out Rose defensively and also lost the ball more than most of our players including some poor play for their equaliser.

    Paulinho 8. Man of the Match for me yesterday. Positionally sound, supported the defence, but also our attack when we got forward. He used the ball really well and won us possession on a number of occasions, including great work for our first goal.

    Benteleb 8. Seemed to move further forward into Mason's usual role and did very well. Good energy, lots of quality, a great ball into Lamela that should've been a goal, would've been a 9 and MoM performance other than him needlessly giving the ball away in dangerous positions a couple of times.

    Erikson 7. Tidy performance with good energy off of the ball and he seemed to keep us ticking over in the way that Modric used to.

    Lamela 4. Probaby the worst first half performance I have seen from a player this season, I think he gave the ball away needlessly 8 times in just the first 20 minutes. Ran around a lot but didn't actually make a tackle, also seemed to struggle to know which of Newcastle's players he was supposed to be defending against when they had the ball, so he instead seemed to just charge around running towards whichever one of them had the ball on our right hand side of the pitch. Second half was a little better in that he stopped needlessly giving the ball away, it also looked like Newcastle's formation changed in the second half with Anita dropping deeper and Ameobi staying high up the pitch but pulling out to Newcastle's left in the second half which resulted in Lamela not really having any pressure on him when he got the ball in the second half unlike the situation in the first half. Should've scored when Bentaleb put it on a plate for him with a great ball, takes his score up from 2 to 4 with his assist for Kane (although it looked to me as though he even almost messed that up by dwelling too long).

    Kane 7. Held the ball up well, took his goal well, got in some good positions. A little greedy on a couple of occasions, but I don't really ever mind saying that about my number 9.

    Poch 7. A pretty good selection overall. Chiriches nowhere near the team which is always a good start. Mason given a rest after looking like he had run out of steam a bit recently, Bentaleb pushed forward a little with Paulinho doing a great job sitting a little deeper. VERY surprised that Lamela wasn't hooked at half time (or even before, although I guess that would've destroyed his confidence)

    Agree with most .. might be a touch high in the ratings, I feel we were a gear lower than we could/should be for most of the match.

    Paulinho was a lot better than I expected, not sure I would go as far as man of the match.

    Vert/Fazio is not without mistakes, but does seem to work better as a pairing

    Dembele was actually useful when he came on, really would like to see if what would happen if we played Dembele right instead of Townsend/Lamela

  38. superpav

    chadli 7good goal not much else

    Apart from getting caught in possession for their first goal. This seems to happen a lot to us in our own half; I suppose it happens to all teams but I don't notice it so much.

    Some good English swearing from Chadders as well, when he was bundled over near the half-way line!

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