|I_would added 17:47 - Sep 11|
Oh Redders! What secrets about Ralph have you got in a safety deposit that gets you, not only picked, but able to stay on the pitch after a nightmare 'performance'? And Romeu and Prowsey are tosh and pointless.
Ali_Diarea added 17:52 - Sep 11
I would of taken a point before the match, and a clean sheet is definitely something to build on…
silverspringsaint added 18:32 - Sep 11
Positives: Two things that went well for a change: good game from McCarthy (clean sheet!), proactive and timely subs by Ralf
Negatives: Central midfield looks lightweight, Romeu was poor today (not sure if there was a reason for that)
Feeling upbeat about the season based on what we have seen so far (it could always go sideways later!). Squad is much deeper and there is more quality in some key areas compared to last season
Sadoldgit added 18:40 - Sep 11
Only saw the second half. Lots of sloppy passing but we looked a decent side when Broja came on and were unlucky not to win it at the death. Ralph is still working out his best side but I would start Broja with Adams and use Armstrong as an impact sub.
Block8 added 19:00 - Sep 11
Salisu and Stephens were excellent at keeping Antonio quiet, McCarthy pulled off a good save at his near post and was commanding on crosses. Livramento looks like one hell of a signing and Perraud looks promising too.
Redmond is his own worst enemy, his defensive work is sound but he refuses to take on the defence and slows the game down, I for one would forgive the loss of the ball now and again for a more offensive approach. Overall a good point, I felt that Adams would have been a better option for a lone striker than Armstrong, although Armstrong made some very good but wasted runs as we chose to go backwards as usual.
could have and maybe should have brought on Tella or Adams in the last ten minutes, when we were dominant, and gone for the win.
Clean sheet is a good start!!
mattthelegend added 19:02 - Sep 11
Would of taken that at the start, but as per the last 3 games disappointing not to of got at least 2 wins. Broja has to start in the next game though it’s Man City so a bit unfair on him. Redmond, words fail me has to be an impact player at best. Stephens had a great game (that’s gonna hurt you Nick😉) as did the rest of the defence.
WestSussexSaint added 19:27 - Sep 11
You could see Ralph trying something different with his tactics today by sitting off and trying to hit on the counter attack. The defensive part worked pretty well and when you consider West Ham were the league’s top scorers going into this match it was a good idea. The counter attack piece was poorly executed though. Too many times the player on the ball had little support, it was a poor ball out of defence (Romeu was the worst offender) or it was lumped up to Armstrong who had no chance of holding it up against their centre backs.
The crowd may have got frustrated at times with what could have been perceived as negative tactics but I think Ralph deserves credit when he has been accused of being inflexible in the past. We could have even won it late on but for the width of the post. Broja looks a handful and I hope he gets more chances in the coming matches.
Jellybaby added 19:32 - Sep 11
I thought we would lose this in a high scoring encounter. Defense looked really solid including Stephens!
Djenepo is chaotic but a handful. Broja looked the business.
Substitutions and endurance seem so much better this season so far. Generally encouraging.
halftimeorange added 20:07 - Sep 11
The defence wasn't the problem but, the midfield was totally ineffective. JWP was right off the pace, Romeu slightly better, Djenepo wasteful and Redmond idle. I think Broja should start up front with Armstrong and KWP in front of Livramento. Salisu won almost everything in the air and Stephens was only slightly less productive. Perraud was really solid and Livramento looks class.
allsaint54 added 12:11 - Sep 12
How the hell does Redmond start let alone stay on for 90 mins?
At least he's consistent, consistently c----. Why oh why doesn't Tella get a chance. Can't wait for Armstrong to be fit to give a ponderous midfield some life. On the plus side McCarthy's first clean sheet in 17 games & Broja looks promising.
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