You've just gone 2 goals up in a semi final, and their defensive midfielder is having a free shot from just outside the area with the back 4 having to panic and throw themselves in the way.
When you have that lead, there should be players in front of the defence protecting them more so that their defensive midfielder would have to get through them as well and can't just take an easy shot.
Thank you very much the voice of sanity. The deflection / block off Baines could just as well have gone over the bar or wide, then it would have been great last ditch defending. Small margins eh.
I know this is a few days late but...
The thing is with the deflection, if Baines had just stood up instead of doing a twist and leaving his back leg sticking out he could have just blocked the shot.
I dont understand defenders nowadays, they all tend to turn their back when opposition shoots. Baines is a very big culprit of this, I've noticed.
Our defending coach should watch dodgeball and just start throwing spanners at our defenders in training.
Defending means blocking the ball by any means necessary. If that means gettin a ball in the face, stomach or the ghoulies then so be it. At least you have stopped a shot on goal!