For the first 10 minutes, it looked like we were in for a cracker, some real decent play and lots of attacking. What followed wasn't pretty. Lots of endeavour, little quality. What good football was played came from Wednesday. They were neat and tidy, but very rarely dangerous. It says a lot that prior to the two incidents at the end, there were only 2 'efforts' on target, both weak headers.
Bo did well, collected crosses confidently. Dawson was steady, didn't get forward enough but gave little away. Cort and Collins didn't put a foot wrong again. Collins is looking a very good acquisition. If Lynch is the sort of player that is coming through the ranks at Man United, you can see why they are in trouble. He is not the answer to the right back problem. He never put in a tackle all afternoon and just hit the ball blind every time. When faced with a winger, he takes up a position like the starting position in a middle distance race, making it ever so obvious where he's going and giving the winger a great chance to go past him.
Fagan and Paynter worked hard. Fagan chased a lot of lost causes and never stopped trying things. They deserved a lot better from those behind them. Paynter must have been gutted when he went off and then we put in the only two decent crosses of the game.
In all, a dire performance, but 3 crucial points. We showed a lot of bottle and good spirit. Elliott is starting to look interesting, the bench is looking stronger (strikers aside), we seem to have two decent goalkeepers and our defence looks strong again. We need to play more football. We look a good side when we get it down and play, but we're very guilty of taking the easy option and lumping it instead (Lynch, Barmby, Welsh and France in particular today). Strangely, it was Delaney who often tried to be braver in possession. He didn't have the ability to pull it off every time, but deserves credit for trying.
Ratings: Bo 7, Lynch 5 (Price 8), Daws 6, Cort 7, Collins 8, France 6, Barmby 5 (Green), Welsh 6, Delaney 6, Paynter 6 (Elliott 7), Fagan 7.