- Sep 15, 2012
I've been mocked for my Jonjo love by my family, I'll get the last laugh!
I noticed Sahin get annoyed with Hendo a few time's for not picking a forward pass. Sahin still isn't quite up to speed yet, i think he's capable of much better than the performance he put in today.I'm really impressed by Henderson and Sahin's understanding of each other already. Great link up and Shelvey is doing fantastically in front of them.
Sounds like a decent summary...Not a superlative performance, but a brilliant one for building up depth in the squad. Shelvey took a huge stride tonight, came on with a clear will to make the difference..and then did. Henderson had a superb game which will build his confidence for the PL. Sahin is still clearly putting his game together, but got a valuable runout. Wisdom by and large did his job well, and picked up a nice goal out of the bargain. Jones got a game under his belt where he looked better than all last season. Assaidi got a run out, he will need more but he doesn't look completely out of place.
In the slightly less, but still positive, Coates had some errors but showed his setpiece threat again. Borini too a few more steps to being a genuine threat. Suso has not put it all together, but is starting to tease us with glimpses against progressively better competition. Pacheco struggled to make himself felt, but that is hardly a surprise, and getting time is a positive in its own right.
Surprisingly, the negatives are really the most established veterans. Carragher was mediocre and worse, slow. Enrique seems to be forgetting how to play the game before our very eyes. Downing was not terrible, but once again spurned the opportunity to be the guy who makes the difference - the sort of opportunity that Shelvey grabbed with both hands.