The Magic of the Cup left Rodney Lane in the eighty second minute and didn’t bother showing up at all tonight. I suspect that the Newport players had an evening to remember but unlike the first game they were never a threat and the outcome was inevitable.
In no particular order….
I think Michel Vorm deserves much credit for his performance. He was needed twice, once to punch out a cross and once, with only a few minutes to go, to save Newport’s only attempt on goal, which he did, very smartly.
As a footballer, Sissoko is still the player most likely to spill the drinks on the way back from the bar.
Rose doesn’t like football. He’s not in a good place and there’s little doubt that he thinks he needs to reboot himself elsewhere. He’s wrong. Lose some girth, buckle up, knuckle down, sign a contract…riches are his.
Foyth mostly looked underdeveloped and out of place. He needs a growth spurt.
Toby was excellent. Nicking the ball away from and outmuscling defenders as well as indulging in a few trademark thirty yarders, not many of which came off, but hey ho. Looked ready for the weekend if we go for three at the rear.
Serge was good if slightly enigmatic. I hope he starts on Saturday, mostly due to his pace. I might slap a fiver on him for first sending off mind.
Wanyama played with a skip in his step, stealing possession and moving the ball on as though born to it. His first half miscued long range shot was the comedy highlight of the evening. He will presumably be on the bench at the weekend even though Poch must be a tad frustrated at Dier’s current predilection for giving the ball away when under pressure in big games.
Winks had his best game for a very long time, his ability to drive forward with the ball, Dembélé like almost, is something that will become a great weapon for us in years to come. I hope. He needs a long run without injury.
Son was the best player on the pitch. Taken off after an hour to give him a rest before he rips Bellerin a new one at the weekend. Consistently a level above those in front and around him.
As was Lamela for most of the game. His pitter patter running with the ball invites challenges in dangerous areas, his real strength though is his ability to change the direction of play with one touch or pick a first time pass. His goal was excellent.
Llorente played like a man who starts one game every three weeks. Inches away from scoring several times in the second half, a goal would have done him good.
Dele and Eriksen were pure class when they came on, particularly the former who had the Newport back line chasing shadows during his cameo.
So all very comfortable, the only disappointment being that we didn’t get more goals, but on the other hand, Newport played well enough to nit deserve a battering.
We’re now halfway through our Big February fixtures. Two wins and a draw is a great return so far, two more biiiiiiiig games to come though. Don’t unbuckle yet.
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