What a horrible game that was today!we got almost everything wrong today, no player performances were upto scratch and Moyes got it wrong as well. Add to that some dodgy refereeing decisions, and an opposition who laboured over every goal kick and throw in to waste time and you can see why we lost today.
What was most annoying for me is that they seemed to want it more. Stoke were first to every loose ball (including the one from the corner that they scored from) and this is something we have done poorly for years. Another poor thing today was our corners and throw ins. It has been note on this forum before how bad our throw ins are. No one seems to offer an option so we lose the ball straight away most of the time. Our corners were worse than usual today. Short corners never work. Our policy on corners should be :Baines takes all of them and just crosses it in.
We seem to find it hard to break down anyone and just by being well organised,Stoke managed to see today's game through easily. It was frustrating to see a lack of players wanting the ball to their feet off the 2 centre backs. 5 minutes into the second half we could see nothing was changing, but we waited too long to make the changes, and when we did make substitutions,they were the wrong ones. Stoke were hard to penetrate through the centre and the Rodwell change just took width off us for an already congested central midfield area. Stracqualursi would have suited having a winger either side to supply him, but Gueye was brought on too late and Coleman didn't come to life til right at the end either.
We really missed Drenthe's energy and craft today. Today really underlined that we need fresh blood in January, an attacking, creative midfield playmaker is top of my shopping list after that drab, awful, boring performance.