Crouchend_Hammer wrote:People talking about Antonio's finishing like he missed two absolute sitters
The first one was hardly an easy chance On his wrong foot, from a fairly difficult angle I have seen Arnie blaze quite a few of those wide.
He was also stretching for a ball that was running away from the target and shooting at a part of the goal covered by the goalkeeper. No, it definitely wasn't a sitter, which begs the question, why did he choose that option? It was a terrible shot and a terrible decision.
Crouchend_Hammer wrote:The second one (certainly easier than the first) he turned and got the shot on target and keeper made a good save.
The problem here wasn't so much his shot, (it too wasn't a sitter), it was ironic that he ended up with the best chance of the match when his decisions in the build up were so attrocious. Even then bit of composure and looking up before shooting could have helped - it wasn't really a good save as it was blasted straight at the keeper.
He's not the only one that made blunders - Yarmolenko's missed header of course, and the miscontrol that led to Antonio's second chance (although Antonio may have partially caused that by not making himself available and by dragging an extra defender onto Yarmolenko). And also Zabaleta's miscontrol early on. The problem is that Antonio's were the result of poor decision as well as poor execution.
When chances are so rare (as they were at that stage of the game) and your defence has been under constant and prolonged pressure, you need your forwards to convert those chances or hold the ball up.
Quite telling that we only got one shot on target all game!
Lots of people praising him for hard work all game, but i seemed to notice him rooted to the centre spot (or somewhere equally anonymous) while the Chelsea defence passed the ball about on several occasions.
Later I wondered if he'd been instructed not only to conserve energy, but not to press the defence in order to allow our own defence to get organised - Chelsea seemed quite slow at getting the ball forward which I think was a bid benefit to us.