This is exactly what i mean!!... No control.
Im fed up of our midfielders so far apart, not wanting the ball, controling it, passing it and wanting it again.
The faster we get Gerrard and Lampard out, and Wilshere and Cleverley (facing the bloody goal instead with his back from it) in the team the better. We need players in who WANT to control the game!!
.Cleverley sometimes drifts in and out of games, so I don't feel he is ready yet to control games, but to replace Lampard, yes, for sure, if Lamps plays the way he did today. Once Cleverley scores one goal, I reckon they'll start flooding in. He gets intro great positions, but either missed them aka today, or dawdles too long before passing the ball. He'll mature and learn so I think he should aim to get 10 goals / season to start with.
I think Gerrard played very well in the first half, pinging great balls everywhere, but in the second half he sort of drifted of the boil.
I have no idea why Lampard was given MOTM. He scored a great penalty under pressure. Did absolutely nothing else. Welbeck was MOTM. When he came on, he could control the ball and link up the attacking players with the midfield. He caused the defence problems consistently, defended when required and won the penalty.
Not sure what happened with Oxlade Chamberlain. Never got going, never saw a real bursting run going forward, and highlighted by the analysis, just let the attacker go whilst on defensive duties. Young and great experience for him to learn from.
Lescott has quietly done a great job in defence.
Roy's substitutions worked well, but I'm not so sure whether all the credit should go to the manager, since he didn't really have many other options to bring on.