I think this cup is a good chance to try fringe players,a bit of match time,and sort the chaff from the wheat.Although we’ve never won this cup,I would like us to win it,but not at the expense of more injuries to key players. COYI
yes would be great to win it.
But on tonights performance, not likely.
The new/fringe players just are not up to it. Most are 100% crap.
Why didn’t we play the youngsters?
Why not play Oxford, Fletcher and Martinez?
Agree about all not played although Martinez played 90 minutes two days ago so he was never going to start. I haven’t seen the match so can’t comment but for any that did, how did the defence play, was Fernandes any good and what about Callieri and Zaza ?
Overall we were poor bit it’s a win and a clean sheet, which in light of recent results is a step in the right direction. Randolph was good with a great save in the second half. First half we were clueless and created nothing. Tore, Callieri and Zaza were especially poor as was Fehgouli. Things improved on the second half with Lanzini and Payet then Antonio coming on. Still didn’t create that much though. Zaza grew into the game when he started getting a sniff of goal. Masuka was ok butt going off on a stretcher is a bad sign meaning we could be without a left back for a while. Fernandez looks a player. Got stuck in and can play a pass. Viera like. Nordveidt did ok at centre bank as well. It was a game to play Oxford especially with discussions about a new contract, but the weird around the ground was that he is due to start on Sunday do want risked. It’s a win at the end of the day and I think Chelsea in the next round it’s the game to get the atmosphere and the ground going. There were police on way to the ground and tables to check bags prior to entry which was an improvement.
Cheers Nest, from the brief highlights Hugh posted ( thanks Hugh 🙂 ) looks like we finally played a few key passes in the middle of the Park to give our strikers some chances, hopefully a sign of better things to come. Agree it was a shame Oxford didn’t start likewise Fletcher but a win and a clean sheet, perhaps Randolph will start on Saturday as he should be more confident ?
I would start Randolph on Sunday. Its a big call, although I don’t particularly think any of the West Brom goals, but Randolph just looks more confident and assertive at the moment. I guess that is the benefit of playing during the international break instead of just training and sitting on the bench. I personally would also play Collins on Sunday – he has been poor all season but I think he is better equipped to tackle Long/Austin and I think Oxford will get bullied.
I would agree with that Nest, Long is a real handful, I think there is a chance Bilic might play 3 CB’s dependant on how fit Masuaku is and also dependant on whether Austin and Long start, if we have no recognised left back he is going to have to adapt the defence until one returns but against Long and Austin 3 cb’s would be a good solution because Long likes to run the channel n much the same way that Sakho does and then Austin likes to work the other CB’s for anything coming off Long, between the two of them they are a real goal threat and I expect a really tough game. For this one I would like us to sit deep and counter them, rather than the other way around, to all that are attending hope it’s a great match and another step in the right direction COYI!!!
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