YorksHammer wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:09 pm
That midfield is trash. We're going to get wrecked. A midfield three of Noble, Snodgrass, and Rice will fail miserably to create anything for the front three, nobody will pick up Haller's knock-downs because they won't press up close enough to him to get them so he'll have another fruitless day.
Anderson and Yarmolenko will have to track the overlapping centre backs because that three will prove incapable of doing it, so we're basically going to be playing 4-5-1 all game.
Hoping we can keep them at arm's length and scrape a 0-0.
Annoyingly, this is exactly what happened for me - the one time we got a runner from deep up with and beyond Haller it was when Snodgrass scored. Otherwise we were really flat, keeping the ball but doing nothing with it, absolutely no creativity from deep or elsewhere, and Yarmo/Anderson struggling to get a foothold in their attacking roles as they were doing defensive duty.
We are absolutely desperate for on of our central creative players - Lanzini or Fornals - to find form and get the ball through the defences we come up against letting Anderson and Yarmolenko get beyond their man a couple of times per game. Yarmolenko was the only player we could count on to look forward for a key pass at times, think there were three times plus the assist he actually made a key pass yesterday to create something. Snodgrass had a couple of moments and, despite my above quote, played well but he's not a patch on an in form Lanzini in that central role.
We created a lot more clear cut chances in the second half once Anderson had gone off for Lanzini, and Fornals looked good after coming on for Noble I thought - still a little slow in possession but very clearly getting used to the league pace now.
Only disappointment in my opinion is that their goals was really soft to concede - but I would say the same the other way around, because ours was similarly soft in the way they gave up possession.
Scoreline felt about right at the end of the game.