Italian Hammer wrote:Might be mistaken but two of their goals looked offside in the build up.
The last one (4-0) definitely was offside.
You can't really blame the lino for missing it, it's not as though there's lines marked on the pitch to help him... oh wait....
The lino missed an offside earlier too, which fortunately didn't result in a goal. Two minutes later (next City attack) he made a late flag for an offside that wasn't - but only after we'd already ceared the ball upfield!
Thought Hernandez put in a shift. Not sure why the ref didn't award him a free kick when Mahrez charged in and shoved him over - if Hernandez had really been looking for the foul he'd have gone down in the penalty area a second before - I know several of the City players would have gone down and very likely have had the penalty.
Seemed to be another case of ignoring any niggly fouls by the favourites - for all their skill, City are as cynical as the worst of them: Antonio & Zab were blatantly obstructed a couple of times, and Delph made at least three cynical, tactical fouls (the ref signalled "advantage" for one, but neglected to bring the ball back for a free kick when we lost out, nor even spoke to the player, and Walker punched Antonio in the eye right in front of the linesman.
Antonio had his best game, by far, for almost two seasons. He stopped playing with 20 seconds to go though, and his man played the ball through (pictured above).
And I thought Obiang started brightly, but half way through the first half he got really sloppy with his passing - he made several pass attempts that were cut out within a few yards of him!
I find Arnautovic a bit of an enigma - we clearly lack a striker that can properly create and finish chances (just compare the City players today - 3-0 up from three shots on target! Clinical and composed), but we love and need his maverick nature. He seems to keep having misunderstandings with all the other attacking players too. What does it say about our team when our best player can be clearly identified as a position we really need to upgrade? And why did he try to shoot from a free-kick nearly 40 yards out?
He was also fortunate not to get a yellow for his late foot in on Delph. Perhaps Marriner was just as inept as his linesman.
I thought Anderson played well, and must have been working on his corners. And it's been good to see Balbuena regularly getting on the end of some lately. Some games I've felt we are the least threatening team from set pieces, but today I really thought we might get something from one.
Poor Masuaku. Was he really that bad? I think he was unlucky for the first one. He should have done better on the other two though. One one of them he was trying to marshall our defence and consequently took his eye on his own man at the crucial moment.
But City's patience and movement is really precise. Balbuena could probably have slid in to block the first goal, but he tried that for the second and Sane's skill and composure made him look like a pub league defender.
Despite the scoreline I thought we made a good effort today.
Except for Perez, that is!