Funny ro read all the criticisme of Lukaku and Mirallas...They are posing a threath, they are scoring goals and creating opportunities and todays showing was not about them not beeing at their best...People also praise McGeady and offensively he did alot of good but defensively he was not up for it, but he just needs a bit of time.
Stones was shockingly bad today getting dragged out of position way too much giving Swansea huge chances, but the main problem was our style of play.
With offensive wingers and wingbacks we need DMC's with pace and work rate. Today Swansea dragged our DMC's out to fill the gap our offensive wingers had given and with fast movement on the ball McCarthy and Barry never managed to get back to positions. Distin was amazing today never getting tricked into trying to make up for this while inexperienced Stones went for it all the time. For me this is all about a dominoeffect and nothing about Lukakus poor first touch.
Liverpool play partially a bit like us but they havent had the same problem because of a incredible work ethic from Henderson and Allen.
Our main need is one more defensive minded midfielder with high energy and pace, If we get That our front players will blossom even more.
For me Lukaku is pure quality and with 3 offensive midfielders and a passing mentality I cant understand why Lukaku should play a hold up game...he should be our spearhead scoring goals like today and he knows That game.
For you critics are You missing the days of Kevin Kilbane and Marcus Bent? I put my hands up for quality and embrace magic Mirallas and Lukaku!
I pretty much disagree with every point you've made there. Funny how we all see things differently.
Barry and McCarthy ran all day. I thought Barry in particular never put a foot wrong and was willing to accept the ball in tight spaces. McCarthy could have been more progressive but there was quite a bit of space between the midfield and defence. Those two have put in an immense amount of work this season with no rest and no cover. They have been fantastic.
Stones was fine. There was one pass that almost led to a goal yes but I really hate this mentality that defenders should just go through the standard set if boring predictable passes. Stones can run and pass the ball extremely well and he has to be able to learn. He's getting amazing experience.
I've lost it with Lukaku. I don't care how young he is. He is a big lad but pretty much lost every battle yesterday. We do need him to hold up play but he can't do this. There were periods yesterday where the ball just kept coming back at us. That is when you need to have someone you can count on to release the pressure. And even if that wasn't his game, his pace is hardly electric and that isn't going to change with age either.
I always liked Mirallas but his decision making is quite poor. McGeady did do defensive work yesterday but he obviously doesn't have that understanding with Baines like Pienaar.