Quashie ran the game first half, every second pass came from him. They went in front early, we panicked when Walcott came at us, and left tons of space on our right which they exploited. France seemed to be out of position but in fairness, he was supporting the midfield when BBB lost the ball (unfairly) on half way. Nothing much happened after that, until said decent move led to a corner on half time and we poked in (deflected possibly) after a game of pinball in the box. Quashie then ended the game as a contest by getting sent off in the midst of a mass brawl. After half time, they showed no ambition and we showed no ability, so the game ended tamely.
Myhill had a good game, 2 good saves and was brave at set pieces. France and Delaney combined to give the worst display of distribution in football history, while not doing a lot in defence either. Delaney spent the first 15 minutes playing as sweeper, much to Walcott's delight. Collins was dominant (he was captain) and led well. Cort looked a bit off it, stuttered on the ball a bit, lack of confidence.
Woodhouse, Welsh and Green all have good ability and great heart, as a unit, they are pretty poor. They didn't get anywhere near enough tackles in, aside from one superb Welsh pass to Green, they didn't pass well enough and they didn't get anywhere near the front me for 99% of the game. Every 50/50 ball fell to the oppo's, even with 10 vs 11.
The bench didn't change much, Elliott just fell over twice and Fagan had no time. All in all, a decent point, but should have been more under the circumstances. The manager told Humberside that we were much better after half time. Probably trying to give the lads a boost because if he truly believes it, he's lost the plot. We were dominated until we scored a lucky goal and they blew it. When you don't have the skill to match them, you have to fight twice as hard, we didn't. Ask Luton about it, they manage to do it bloody well.
There's a saying, "I'd rather be a lucky manager then a good one". PT was lucky tonight.
Ratings: Bo 7, France 5, Delaney 5, Collin 7, Cort 6, Woodhouse 6, Welsh 7, Green 6, Brown 5 (Fagan), Burgess (Barmby 6), Paynter 6 (Elliott).