A very frustrating and annoying result, made all the more irritating by the fact that it was self-inflicted.
This was mostly a performance to be pleased with & proud of. After falling behind to a neat Suarez finish we deservedly equalised and then took the lead having controlled the vast majority of the possession and play to that point. We looked more likely to go further ahead than the home team to draw level, going closest when Sigurdsson hit the post but instead Walker and Lloris combined to let Downing score and then with a few minutes to go Defoe, Assou-Ekotto, Suarez’s terrible balance problems and referee Oliver gave Gerrard the chance to score from the spot.
Redknapp never found the answer to replacing Lennon when his hamstrings got the better of him and I don’t think Villas-Boas’s has either. Sticking such an influential player as Dembele out wide was a risk, especially with his replacement in the middle, Livermore, being so limited. Now that Bale plays down the middle more often than Alastair Cook we lacked proper width. Walker did his best, often running past Coutinho on the right, Sigurdsson stepped inside as soon as he got the ball down the left though. Townsend would’ve been worth a gamble if he wasn’t unavailable scoring screamers in West London.
It’s annoying as I say. The poisonous wind-up merchant Suarez picked squabbles all over the field throughout the game even managing to have two barneys after the final whistle as the players left the pitch. To lose to such a character sticks in the throat. Having said that, Sturridge’s dive under Vertonghen’s challenge was by far the worst attempt to fool the referee all afternoon, he has much to learn in that area, luckily a proficient mentor is nearby.
Oh well, these things happen.
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