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Guest ratings on the Irons

James Absolon is our guest player ratings man today – here’s how he saw the Irons performances

Randolph  – can’t blame him but still 4 goals let in. Stopped a few to keep the score lower than it should have been 5

Cresswell  – nothing special, often left stranded by counters and just not with the game today 5

Ogbonna  – third goal nowhere near where he was meant to be and often opened up gaps 4

Reid  – no bright moments from him, did his job for the most part but the entire defence was off today 4

Antonio (RB) – feel sorry for the guy just not a RB but as a (RM) he was the only bright spark, 7 for his RM role 4 

Noble – slow out of the back, average but didn’t give much to the game 5 

Lanzini  – bright at first but became anonymous, few good runs but final ball off 4

Payet – apart from two close free kicks very bad, he is ether an outstanding player or he won’t turn up, no in-between 

 Moses – gives nothing to the team, doesn’t look like he wants to be there just runs and loses the ball, should have been off at HT, should not be seeing him again this season 1

Carroll – okay first half didn’t have any options given to him. When we started to play the way he likes, he wasn’t winning anything  4


Sakho 6 – scored a goal, didn’t do much else but still better than others

Emenike – n/a although I personally think he is better than Moses or Valencia

Valencia n/a

Billic 3 – tactically awful, needs to realise Antonio is a liability at RB, moved him up after one point and then we posed a threat, moved him back and it had disappeared. Learning curve for him but they are becoming a regularity at times.


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One comment on “Guest ratings on the Irons

  1. I don’t understand why Bilic persists in playing Antonio at RB. Byram or Tomkins could fill in at this position, allowing Antonio to play at RM and/or RW. When Antonio runs with the ball, he is a danger to any opposing defense. He is so fast, passes the ball well, and is capable of scoring goals with foot or head.
    My other concern, is that Bilic seems to have given insufficient time and effort to allow for the reformation of the Sakho-Valencia striking duo. It seems he has become so obsessed with Andy Carroll to the point where the other strikers don’t fit in.
    Lets face it- Diafra Sakho is our no.1 striker, and should be starting off in every game!

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