Team: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Sanchez, Westwood, Bacuna, Gueye, Sinclair, Gestede
Bench: Bunn, Bennett, Cole, Veretout, Ayew, Gil, Kozak
No Gabby in sight. Sick? More importantly, no Grealish. Looks a strong line-up but maybe lacking in creativity.
FFS Carles pull the trigger
2-2 0 mins to go. We have to score in the next 5 mins. Otherwise we're certain to give away a goal in the last 5 mins.
Disappointing, we were far and away the better side. Not much could have been done about their 2 goals, but we just lacked a cutting edge.
I think we all agree, we need another striker, Kozak must be better than Gestede, I would have given him at least 20 mins today. Gana looks class and it is only 4 games, so I think the future is bright and this squad will have a good run later in the season.
We go again!!
Yep, disappointing. We should have got all three points. These days you need a good defence AND a good attack; thought we gifted them the second goal and that lost us two points.
Good points: Nice to see Sinclair score two more goals; he has to be a starter, irrespective of who else plays. Overall I get the impression that this team is really beginning to click.
Thoughts: Lescott sounds more and more a good idea. Gestede isn't clicking and we really need Kozak to be given a go. Gil isn't yet back to his best but will probably get there. We missed Grealish but didn't cope too badly without him.
And: Liverpool lost 0-2 at home. We're above Chelsea in the table. Great!
Just watched MOTD. With 4 goals should have been on first so of course we were halfway down. And the talk was all about Sunderland. When it came to us Keown just said "they've lost Benteke, lot of new faces..." and that was it. What's new?
Reckon Gil was tripped; should have been a pen. Sinclair's second goal was terrific, great cross by Amavi and he arrived just right for it. Gestede doesn't look very good. But we should have won by a mile.
Top marks for Clark !!! Surely not, his poor defending has cost us goals in the last 2 league games. He should not have been beaten so easily for the second goal. We need to take our chances more. However I thought Gueye, Sanchez and Westwood were excellent in midfield. Becuna was the weak link, but when Grealish is back I don't think Becuna will play so much. Disappointed not to win, but we are getting there and with the right service to Gestede and the other forward players we will start to win games.
I was at the game in the front row of the upper Holte End. Clark has been playing well, however he does make basic defensive errors. He approaches face on when he should switch his body to follow the run of the striker. I do not want to be singling out players. But we need to cut out the defensive errors, if we are going to improve our league position. Having said that with 22 chances made it means that we are creating a lot more going forward. We just need to be putting a few more of these chances away. As I said earlier the midfield performed brilliantly and If Grealish had played we would have won the game comfortably. BTW 22 chances in one game is more than we created in 4 months under "Mumbles" Lambert. Looking at the season so far, we won at Bournemouth when we could have lost. We lost to Man U and Palace when we could have or should have drawn. Yesterday we drew when we should have won. So it has tended to even itself out over the games. If we can get the right service to Gestede by getting behind them and crossing from the byline, we will start to win more than we lose.