They didn't start did they?The start was by no means fatal but I think the lineup was just a little bit too imbalanced and awkward for the personnel selected, especially along the back line.
Two left footed CBs, Roerslev at RB instead of RWB etc. Just didn’t look like a set up that was natural or had been practiced very much. Still, I felt there were some positive glimpses of promise from individuals and important minutes in the legs for some new arrivals and fringe players.
Obviously being 1-0 down and wanting to win the tie, Frank moved very early to bring on familiar faces and go to a back three. From then on we would always win the game, and even though it was nice to see I don’t think you can really read too much into the strong performances of starters like Canos, Onyeka, Ajer, Mbeumo etc. because they’re obviously a cut above Forest Green (although they looked better than L2 in many ways).
What I was more encouraged by in the second half was those that did well from the fringes of the first team; Alvaro looking good and Wissa and Forss scoring (for their confidence that will have been important and we might need rely on them later in the season).
Elsewhere, Dervisoglu looked good. And - in the second half as a wingback - Thompson was impressive as he had much more conviction in his forward runs. As a LB he fails too often to make the right decisions in when to push forward and when to keep his shape, but with his defensive responsibilities diminished he was able to be more aggressive and get into positions to utilise his excellent delivery. I do have my doubts over whether either of these players will feature much (or at all in PL) but we will see.
Just got home and reading the comments. Agree with about 90% of this based on the 1st half. My original comment was more of a surprise that we picked 2 first teamers plus a strong bench as I was expecting the majority of our starting XI to be given the night off.you sure, looks like a complete reserve team to me,
it is what it is, 9 changes, giving bit players a chance to show what they have but to be fair it’s a complete fekkin shambles.
Thompson again just not good enough, always out of position, got some horrible passes into horrible areas but doesn’t have a clue how to get out of trouble, not all his fault but is way short of the level needed IMO
Roeslev having his worst game for us since that Coventry shambles last season.
Ghoddos, enough now, we have given him so many chances, just a fat lump who blobs around doing nothing.
Halil again looks a really good player, would love to see him up top.
Wissa, looks like he has something but a bit headless at times. I think he will be a player for sure when he gets good players around him.
Forss, again hasn’t challenged for one 50/50 or header all night, when we put it forward it is a free header for the defenders every time, if he isn’t being set up with good chances he may as well not be there, reminds of vibe, good finisher but gives the defenders a free ride all night.
The players have got a chance to show they should be on the bench this season and at the moment only 2 or 3 look close,
bidsrup runs his nuts off but has given the ball away so much because there is no one around him,
it is only a kick about for us but Christ it is crap, the high press turning out defence into jelly and long balls just being collected by FGR unchallenged,
Boring to be honest with all the time wasting.
I am not apologising for my half time report, it was true. We made 9 changes from Saturday, change of formation and it was a mess and we were played off the park and lucky not to be 3 down, it happens in the cup and did first half tonight,Expect to see a few apologies in this thread from those who posted earlier on, gving the last rites.
Seems very Harsh on saman who is a good player but never been given a decent run in the side and im sure he isn't a fat lump as he wouldn't be considered for selection and would also be a failing of our fitness coaches.”Ghoddos, enough now, we have given him so many chances, just a fat lump who blobs around doing nothing”?
Apparently, one player is way short of the level needed and the other is a fat lump - correct?
Spot on, very dissappointing in this respect. Did not come away tonight thinking any of the fringe players should be starting. Bit of a worry as some of them may be called upon during the season, just not good enough tonight.FWIW I don't think any of the fringe players did enough to convince TF, let alone me, that they are likely to be anything more than fringe players. You Reds!
But you can’t just throw them in for a one-off and expect a 10/10 performance though. Tonight will have been useful for match fitness.Spot on, very dissappointing in this respect. Did not come away tonight thinking any of the fringe players should be starting. Bit of a worry as some of them may be called upon during the season, just not good enough tonight.
Thing is, fringe players playing in a team of fringe players don't always look that great. But when you have to slip the odd one in here and there to cover in the first team, they can often be surprisingly effective. I think we'll be just fine.FWIW I don't think any of the fringe players did enough to convince TF, let alone me, that they are likely to be anything more than fringe players. You Reds!
Whilst that is a very noble gesture, it makes a mockery of the MOM thread if voters did not actually see the game.I’ve voted for Saman as man of the match.
I wasn’t there, but some of the abuse on here “blobbing about” etc is beyond cretinous quite frankly.