Not surprised at the reactions here but...
We were away at a good side where we probably would have lost had even if we’d been in good form.
We were solid for 60 mins.
The subs opened the game up and exposed a defence that no one would ever want to see against any level of opposition, let alone a good one.
We have to take the first 60 mins as the basis for Sunday, expect putting in more attack minded players the central positions, ie Rooney up front and Sigurdsson instead of Gueye / Schneiderlin.
Another option is starting Mirallas as we need more people that might actually score. We know Lennon doesn’t score loads and we’ve yet to see evidence that Lookman / Vlasic are going to be reliable finishers etc.
We need to keep in the game as long as possible and don’t need to take risks to force the game if it’s 0-0 after an hour.
It's an understandable endeavour though, it's only a mistake in hindsight. In same position, same choice, you'd make the same decision for the same reasons again. We might have got a draw, maybe we should have just tried to get a clean sheet in the last 3 matches without opening up too much. Keep shape and settle, get some security and sense of safety in the bank.
Tonight if we'd got a point, it would have been a good result away from home against a good side, but we'd have been out the competition in reality. If we could have got a goal to hang on to, maybe a win to give everyone a lift, it's such a worthwhile upside, the downside is not much worse than a draw. We can't afford to drop any points in PL, and league cup is over in a game, but we were going out of Europa barring a miracle. We could have got a win tonight and still gone out if we didn't win others in Europa.
The major problem is with goals, and trying to get some seems the easiest way out of the situation. As while we are not great defensively, we can defend fairly well, our problem is more to do with defence being exposed because we can't score. These games have all been sort of free shots to try and get something going, we've got ourselves into the matches, we've been in control for periods of matches. We've still not looked that likely to create or score at any stage, and it's probably been Lennon or Lookman who have looked most likely.
We left several key players at home for weekend, Beni has looked a really good player to bring into team. Tonight we ended up with Kenny left back and Besic right back, with Holgate in a back 4. Against Chelsea and tonight, Unsworth has been brave enough to keep something in hand for the PL games, and we may have lost to Chelsea and Lyon, but they were far more impressive performances given opponent, line up and circumstances than previous Europa games under Koeman.
It's all about the game against Watford, that's when we'll see what Unsworth thinks is his best team is.