I was saying put the youngsters on because the first teamers were not pulling their weight.
I wasn't saying play the entire youth squad though, just mix a few of them in, which as we've seen last night, would work. The likes of Duffy, Comeman especially and Baxter could all contribute something while allowing some of the first teamers a rest and a kick up the bum for being so poor.
Let's face it, when we were in that bad run, we were losing anyway, those are the times to try something new and unexpected rather than doing the same old thing over and over again.
Duffy would look bad if he played premier league football. He is way off that level yet, he makes bad decisions and gets drawn into the wrong places very easily. Im not slagging him off, he is very inexperienced and at this point not good enough to play in the premier league there. Rodwell as a centre half would be light years ahead of him, and I wouldnt consider putting him there at this point.
Baxter is technically a great player, but is slow, weak and not very energetic. He would look out of place if he were to do anything other than the odd sub appearance. It may take years for him to be able to play or more likely he probably isnt likely to make the grade because of his lack of physical attributes.
I can never understand people saying play the kids. If they are good enough and ready then Moyes has proven he will play them. There is absolutely no point throwing a load of kids who wont do a job then into the first team because they would get smashed and it would potentially destroy them. BATE are technically decent as you would expect, experienced and fit. Put that team against someone like Birmingham and the score would have been 4-0 easy.
Agard isnt near the level of Jo or even an unfit and not arsed Yak. That is why Moyes would never start with someone like him over them, Baxter over Bily, Duffy over Hibbert etc.
There were some good performances, as Chris said, you have to be impressed by Bidwell having just turned 16 looking like he could easily be a 19 year old out there. Forshaw had a great eye for a pass and good skill. It remains to be seen how both develop physically though.