We lost but I honestly don’t care as there were definitely plenty of takeaways from this one, the most important being JHS FOR KNT STARTING CB!
KJH 6.5 – should’ve done better on the FK goal but he did make a couple of good saves and he is obviously much much better than JSR. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the AC
YSY 6 – eh. Could’ve and needs to do better. Let’s give him more time at QPR first, I’d think KJS can do better.
JHS 7 – Very good. See? He’s exactly what we needed. Never ball watches and doesn’t make big errors. I’m looking forward to seeing KJY – JHS
KTH 6.5 – I can’t believe I’m saying this but KTH was good and worked pretty well with JHS. He got exposed a couple times but this time around the players around him compensated for it. Maybe this just speaks to how bad Iran was attacking (from open play).
KCS 6 – did a decent job containing Dejagah and was the frequent receiver of KSY’s long balls. Unfortunately he could’t do much with them
PJH 6.5 – Better than HKY as KSY’s partner. Unfortunately, we’ve never seen how PJH does under pressure, so I want to see him play DM a bit more first to see how he does.
KSY 7 – The usual.
SHM 7 – pretty much our only attacking outlet, managed five shots, a couple of which almost went in. I still get the feeling, though, that we’re misusing his talents. We need to seriously stop playing “meaningless possession” football whose only attacking outlet is through the wings.
LCY 6 – Very good in the first half, but was less influential in the second for some reason. It’s interesting how sometimes he’d drop back even deeper than PJH and KSY. I also wish LCY would be the one receiving the long diagonal balls from KSY rather than KCS, as I’d imagine he’d be able to actually create something out of that.
KJC 5 – Particularly poor in the first half, but better in the second. Misplaced passes, bad shots, and pretty much did nothing useful for the first half. Could’ve unleashed SHM on a break but his through pass was horrendous. Got a little more involved in the second. Verdict? Let’s stick to NTH.
LKH – 6 more involved than PJY but still not quite satisfactory. No shots on goal, and had nothing really going for him except a couple dribbles. At this point I think we gave no option but LDG who may not be that good, but at the very least, knows how to score. And he can’t be that bad against Asian opposition right?
The subs were given almost no time.
In the end it’s the same fcking situation over and over again. We look good but can’t score. Well this is the problem when you don’t really have a striker right?
The answer is actually, and this is ironic coming from me, LDG. I don’t care about off the ball movement and link up play anymore, it just hurts you so much to have strikers who literally don’t know how to score. So please, let’s call up LDG for a LDG – SHM NTH LCY – PJH KSY – YSY JHS KJY CDR – KJH lineup.
Alternatively, would it really hurt to play SHM up there? SHM – KMW NTH LCY – PJH KSY might be a viable option at this point.