Yes, there was the Arsenal / Koeman home game, but they were still semi decent. The Liverpool / Silva mauling but, again, the opposition. Arsenal / Lescott, but opposition AND circumstances.
We lost frustrating games last season (and down the years) but to be blown apart at home by the worst team in the division, when they themselves were missing three quarters of their first choice back four AND their regular defensive midfielder…that’s some going.
Watford won’t score five again all season. They might not even win five more games.
It’s Efan Ekoku levels of shite.
Richarlison nets that goal straight after coming of the bench, and it wasn't beyond the realm of expectation that we're be looking at a 2-1 win, Benitez hailed for his second half changes, into the top 4
And yet that must go down as the worst capitulation/result at home for many a year.
Crowd booed the decision to bring Gordon off, but he wanted to go 4-4-2 and the other options would have been Townsend or Gray. And I suspect that would have led to even bigger boos
Rondon is shite but I'd rather cheap shite than expensive shite (hello Tosun, still at the club picking up a large wage)
Where the #### do you start with that?
It’s been an issue for a while but as soon as we lose two or three first teamers we just go to shit. There’s literally zero depth to this squad. This was compounded by Rafas team selection. Once we lost Doucoure I expected him to play three in midfield. It probably would’ve made for a stale uneventful game by bogging the midfield down, but at least it would’ve given us a bit more control of the game.
I really don’t know how Rodon is starting let alone seeing out full games at the minute. His contribution isn’t just zero it’s negative. I mean how shit does Lewis Dobbin have to be to have been restricted to about 5 minutes of game time so far this season. Worryingly I think this indicates Rafas thoughts on the squad players, he literally has no faith in them. The two subs he made yesterday was telling. Lewis Dobbin missed an U23’s game just to sit on the bench. What’s the ####ing point.
Then there’s our back line. An absolute ####ing joke. Digne has been out of sorts for a while. I’m guessing this is a result of his recent injuries. So hopefully he can play his way back into form. But the fact he’s the only left back in the squad is ####ing criminal. I’d be tempted to rest Digne for a couple of games and play Godfrey there. And that move kills two birds with one stone. Because Godfrey has been utterly useless at centre back this season. Keane is a ####ing calamity. But at least with Mina alongside him he’s got someone to baby him through games. But then Mina normally takes a couple of games to get up to speed once’s he’s missed a game.
We just can’t defend set pieces without Mina, DCL and Richarlison. That’s on the manager. He has to find a solution.
I’d like to think this is some sort of watershed. But it won’t be. We’ve been doing this for far too long now. I’m expecting the useless players to express their disappointment and frustration and vow to put it right, the usual empty bollocks. Nothing changes.
We’re ####ed until we get everyone fit and we can sign some players in the summer. Because it will be the same usual pathetic “January is a difficult window” bullshit in January