Well, that was an absolutely excellent game of football. Some fantastic individual performances as well which were a pleasure to watch. Clearly you can’t get carried away by anything in preseason, just like you couldn’t after the Mansfield game, but there was real promise in that performance. My view on the game FWIW:
Carson 6- Still some work to be done on distribution as expected, but the odd good save
Wisdom 6- Some good play, but guilty of going one too far and making mistakes at times with loose passing
Keogh 7- Did his job as we expect
Davies 8- Much more like Davies than early pre season, seemed much more assured
Lowe 9- Odd mistake apart, an absolutely phenomenal performance, sublime on the ball and won some great challenges too
Ledley 9- Perfect example of how to play the role, cool and calm
Mount 7- Little rusty but you can see his quality
Bryson 9- Another fantastic energetic performance, like Bryson pre 2015 injury
Wilson 9- This lad is a player, intelligent movement and real quality in the final third
Nugent 7- Tried his best, good pressing and occasional linkup
Lawrnece 10 MOM- Best game in a derby shirt, made the right decisions at key times and two well taken goals
Few things I’ve picked up from that performance that’s worth noting. Still need a CF imo who’s better suited to this system, glaringly obvious today we were often playing around Nugent rather than through him as an outlet, big priority now despite the obviously excellent performance. Lowe remains our best leftback imo as I’ve always said, hope his injury isn’t too bad, would look at loaning someone in to compete either way up. Only other concern for me lies in depth really, especially centre mid, In terms of those who can play this quick possession football system. Need to move quite a lot of the old cloggers on and bring in a few players to compete/rotate imo.
Other than that it’s all looking positive here, with the style of play getting the best out of our attackers. Always the fear in me that worries how we’ll cope under pressure defensively due to the open style of play but I’ll try me best to put that out my head for now and hope that we don’t do a zola at brum😂. Signs are very positive at the moment, that was a tremendous showing against a prem side. UTR!