I feel like putting in some effort and posting despite not seeing much effort on the pitch last night.
I feel we were outplayed and humilated by a poor team - A thought crossed my mind that this whole match was not Championship standard but League 1 at best and we were not even the best team there albeit as the home team too.
Here are my more detailed thoughts
Hamer 6 - do not think he did anything wrong which may make him our player of the match
Bogle 5 - An average performance from supposedly one of our better players
Davies 5 - did what it says on his tin, defends, does not offer anything else either motivationally or going forward
Forsyth 3 - I loved him several years ago, bombing down the wing - whipping crosses in but unfortunately he is not that player anymore through no fault of his own. Re-inventing him as a centre half seems like a good idea but it is proving it isn't - he just has too many mistakes in him
Malone 6 - One of my less favourite players but did not do too bad - saved a couple of goals too
Whittaker 4 - Really, I was quite hopeful for this kid but I think he was out of his depth or overcome, maybe going from such a successful team to such a dire one as a front player is also very difficult.
Knight 5 - I have liked what I have seen of him in the past, but at least there was effort tonight, but very little quality.
Evans 3 - A good CDM bosses the game, breaks up the oppositions play, sets our tempo, makes decisions and gets us going. George did none of these. I think he maybe be a Centre Half but probably not at this level.
Holmes 4 - Ran about a lot - tried to make things happen - can throw it a long way for a little guy. Too many bad decisions, has to take some responsibility for being slow to react after Forsyth's dire pass.
Lawrence 2 - where do I start...... I can't be arsed
Martin 6 - For keeping going with virtually no intelligence or support or service
Waghorn & Marriott at least looked like they wanted to change it - got the penalty, ran about, looked interested which should be enough to guarantee them a start.
Cocu - I do not know what to say because I really want to like and I really do not want to be the kind of person who objects to a manager in a short space of time, but I am beginning to wonder why he did not last long in Turkey. At the end of the day - as some people on here have said - he cannot be responsible for every detail that happens on the pitch but he is overall responsible. I do not think the squad is a million miles from what we had last season, Davies, Forsyth and Clarke in for Keogh and Tomori, Shinnie and Bielik in for Mount and Wilson, Martin rejuvinated, Whittaker, Sibley, Knight, Buchanan etc all a year older and nearer the first team. I think Frank used to get more out of them as individuals and this all combined to create a team spirit. Was Frank a better coach under which 'Forsyth' would not have made that mistake ? No - but it would not of been the same kind of blow, because of the belief in the payers and the crowd that we could get past it and still win.
Around 80 minutes I thought to myself if we get a draw here we will have robbed them of the win and to be fair they were not great and we were at home.
I am not sure that Rooney will be enough to make significant changes.
From riding the crest of a wave to feeling like drowning might be the best option in only 8 months