Same was said about Gray and Donaldson. It's just part of the game and comes down to being in the right place at the right time most of the time. Then some work and some don't.Just a quick one today. Solid performance against a good Leeds side, who pushed the ball about nicely at times but our defence coped well.
Harlee Dean was outstanding at CB, running the show and winning everything.
Ryan Woods.... what an engine he is for us. Dictates the flow of the game and gets things moving. First name on the team sheet for me.
Romaine Sawyers silenced his critics today. Fantastic performance from start to finish. He is is a victim of confirmation bias at Griffin Park much of the time - when someone else misses or gives away the ball, the fans are far more forgiving. Even when he's having a good game but makes a mistake like any player would at times, he gets the abuse. It can't do much for his confidence, but today he shut them up. Some fantastic flicks and through balls, and he was drawing fouls as well, proving a handful in the centre of the field.
MOTM for me was Sawyers, though Dean was a close second.
Vibe did a heck of a lot of running today, but his first touch let's him down a lot. He should have scored twice today but for poor first touches. In the first half it was too heavy, in the second he should have taken a touch to round the keeper before shooting. His positioning is excellent which is why he bags the goals, a real poacher, but he could do more...
Thought we soaked up the pressure very well today, professional job all round.
You talk about signings, but my only fear at the moment is that we are going to start losing players if we continue to play like this. Now we're safe, we need the likes of Woods, Harlee, Sawyers to start playing sh1t for a while.First half we were superb again, everyone at near to their very best and we made them look like a league 1 side we were so superior.
Sergi set the tone ripping Ayling a new one in the first minute and Woodsy was as impressive as he was Saturday as was Romaine.
Only a matter of time and shame we didn't get the 4 or 5 our stunning football deserved, fair play to Rob Green who was outstanding from first to last.
When we were put under any pressure Dan Bentley and Harlee were superb, Josh C linked really well with Jota and Rico had his best game yet with Lasse largely anonymous but getting in great positions that caused their defence nightmares.
Their 23 and Bridcutt are both very decent players but were out footballed by Woodsy and Romaine throughout.
We have the makings of a really, really good team and 3 key signings, a bit of good luck and I can see it being a special season in 2017/18.
agree with most of that but i thought Jota looked more on it tonight than last couple of games to be honest. not his absolute sparkling best but still doing well.First half was the same as Saturday as we destroyed them. HD had the leagues top scorer so far in his pocket he may have bumped into Abrahams in the dark. Dean was an absolute mountain again, every cross was met by his head. Barbet had a decent game but his passing was awful at times.
Clarke is brilliant, every time I see him play I can't understand how he ever gets dropped. Fantastic going forward and decent at the back and electric pace, he did Dallas in a one against one several times. Rico Henry was excellent as well.
Woods was majestic as always, Nico was well off the pace to be fair and I am surprised he started ahead of KK who had a very good game on Saturday and he limped off towards the end and that is what happens when you are not fit, Canos was also fantastic first half, he destroyed them.
Jota looks absolutely shot to pieces and I can't understand why he has played the whole of every game recently. He missed half a season injured then was a bit player in a few games in Spain and to be fair has hardly played for a year. He was a class above everyone else for 6-7 games when he returned but has now hit the wall. He needs a good work out over the summer, a big pre season and then he will be able to perform for a whole season assuming we don't sell him but if Sawyers had put in a second half shift like he did you could have heard the jeers in shepherds bush.
Talking of Sawyers he picked up where he left off on Saturday, brilliant first half and a fantastic strike. Vibe was brilliant again, chases everything, puts defenders and keeper under constant pressure and again could have had a hat trick. If we play like this next season he could get 20+ goals. I know some are not convinced but his record is very good at this level and I think being made the main man up top he could be an ace up our sleeve. We couldn't play this way with Hogan as he didn't offer the options or do the donkey work. Another one would be nice but this guy has got goals in him.
Again for some reason we decided to stop second half, instead of Bentley throwing it out and the defence getting it wide asap and destroying Leeds we seemed to go into reverse and take our time and start playing sideways and backwards passes. Jota, sawyers and Canos pretty much became redundant and it all got a bit dull. Leeds had nothing, absolutely nothing and couldn't hurt us so we could have gone for more but didn't seem bothered. Sawyers still picked out 2-3 fantastic passes when Vibe and Josefzoom should have scored but it wasn't to be.
Bentley had three routine saves to make second half but other than that nothing to do except some crosses which he caught brilliantly. Leeds were pretty toothless and had one tactic, lump it forward to Woods and let HD dominate him in the air.
The ref and lino were an utter shambles second half. First half they started well then it just got worse as they awarded everything to Leeds and half the free kicks were for things only he saw. It was all summed up at the end when their bloke fell over his own feet and the ball bundled off the pitch. RS picked it up to take the quick throw only to realise to his astonishment the ref had awarded a free kick for nothing, their guy pushed Sawyer over and Sawyers gets booked. Astonishing.
Anyway, it all had a bit of an end to season feel about it but it is great to watch at the moment.
There was a Sawyers song sung tonight to the tune of Human League's 'Don't you want me baby'.we came, we sang, we conquered. what a brilliant night. not entirely sure why, but that was so enjoyable, great result and showed what we're potentially capable of now. awesome. can someone finally invent a song for sawyers please, he deserves it. can someone make a statue for harlee out of cornish granite, he was that fecking hard tonight, owned Wood who is leading scorer in the division. Hope our Woods is ok, he was immense also but so was everybody else, enormous team performance from front to back and side to side. very happy.
Well said, Mick. Absolutely. Tonight was even better than Saturday. Club have some big decisions to make in the Summer as I can't believe we won't get big money offers for some of our players.Sometimes you just realise the club you support not only have played well but play football the way you want to watch it, when you beat a side that is going for promotion it just makes you proud.
Football is our way of getting through the weeks - walking away from the ground tonight was the champagne moment recognising that Matthew Benhams dream is beginning to turn into reality.
Also with Judge, newly signed up what happens with Flo Jo?Well said, Mick. Absolutely. Tonight was even better than Saturday. Club have some big decisions to make in the Summer as I can't believe we won't get big money offers for some of our players.
With Alan Judge coming back and players like Andreas, Josh M and Maxime also returning from injury, next season could be very interesting indeed if the club resist the offers.
Fully agree. That was the complete performance in every sense and the way we slowed down the game in the second half was a tactical masterclass.In the first half we played some sublime football - quick and very accurate passing. Brilliant movement all over the pitch.
Second half, we played like men. Big ****ing hard men. Wasn't sure we could do that with our team of little 'uns, but we did and more than matched a very physical side.
Better than ANYTHING under Warburton.
Dickie Davies, said we are excellent in first half and Leeds came back into it a bit in the second.Who was at the game for Sky? What did they have to say about us? Anybody?
Was that Leeds?
Outplayed and out-thought by us, and certainly out-skilled by us in every department. We know how brilliantly we played in the first half
First half we played with such flair, freedom, totally dominating them.
In this post-Hogan era, where we have thrown off the shackles of a one striker/one player attack, we now show that we have the squad to really compete for the top of this division.
We must keep this squad together for next season. They have all stepped up the game,
However, well done to the whole squad. We have a team to be proud of. Sure. They'll make mistakes, but I love seeing a whole team working for each other, no slackers, no prima donnas, just 11 players working their socks off for a great result!
That was another GP under floodlights memory.
If only we could take this atmosphere to Lionel Rd
Totally disagree.Vibe did a heck of a lot of running today, but his first touch let's him down a lot. He should have scored twice today but for poor first touches. In the first half it was too heavy, in the second he should have taken a touch to round the keeper before shooting. His positioning is excellent which is why he bags the goals, a real poacher, but he could do more...
Reading and Leeds are stunningly ordinary and have both scraped wins with dodgy penalties and he odd goal all season. SW we played off the park and then Newcastle we were robbed and Brighton we robbed ourselves but the latter two are light years ahead of the first two.It's not a fluke that Leeds are top 6 which makes last night even more impressive.
I thought Wednesday played us off the park? We were embarrassingly lucky to get a point, even though we almost squeaked three. That match was Bentley versus Wednesday!Reading and Leeds are stunningly ordinary and have both scraped wins with dodgy penalties and he odd goal all season. SW we played off the park and then Newcastle we were robbed and Brighton we robbed ourselves but the latter two are light years ahead of the first two.